Obituaries (N-R)

Navent, infant Payne, John Ransom, Chester
Newberry, George Payne, Juliette Ratcliff, Anna
Newton, Earl Payne, Mae Rauch, Mary
Newton, Frank Payne, Raymond Ray, Blake
Newton, Henry Payne, Reuben Raymond, Margaret (2nd obit)
Newton, James Payne, Robert Rector, Mabel
Newton, Logan Payne, Roy Reed, Clara (2nd obit)
Newton, Rebecca Payne, Rudolph Reneau, Austin
Nichols, Amanda Payne, Truman Reneau, Walter
Nicols, Gertrude Payne, William Reynolds, infant
Nichols, Phebe Pecher, Catherine Riley, George
Nolan, Russell Perry, Catherine Rinker, Emma
Norcott, Almira Peterson, Edna Robertson, James
Norcott, Ellison Phillippi, Nellie Robinson, Clifford
Norton, Blanche Pickering, Effie Robinson, Elizabeth
Nussel, Freda May Pickle, Ethel May Robinson, Henry O.
Offord, Hannah Picton, Christy Robinson, Mary A.
Offord, Mary Plate, Don Robinson, Mary F.
Ogden, Mary Plate, Fred Robinson, Myrtle
Oldfield, Abraham Plate, Sarah Robinson, Thomas
Olson, Mrs. Nels Plate, Valera Robinson, William
Onion, Eugene Plate, Verne Rockafellow, Joseph
Oppy, Lydia Polhemus, Anna Romine, Noah
Oram, Artemessa Polhemus, John Roos, Mary
Oren, Merlin Pollitt, A. D. Rose, Charles
Orendorff, Ernest Pool, John Rose, Harriet
Orton, Mabel Pool, John Rosenberger, Ken
Orton, Mary Polhemus, John Rothman, Mrs. John
Orton, Robert Pollitt, A. D. Rowe, Daniel
Orwig, infant Pool, John Roy, Mrs. Nancy
Osborn, Minnie Pool, John Russell, Carrie
Overman, Loring Poppenhager, Nelle Russell, Daniel
Overton, Luther Poppenhager, Wanda Rutledge, Cyrus
Owens, John Portlock, James Rutledge, Genettie
Palmer, Mary Portlock, W. P. Rutledge, Jasper
Pancake, Elizabeth Powell, Anna Rutledge, Jennie
Parks, Mrs. Della Powell, Charles B. Rutledge, John
Parola, Jack Powell, Wiley Rutledge, Lillian
Parker, Alonzo Prather, Francis Rutledge, Mary
Parker, Harland Preston, David Rutledge, Mary Ella
Parsons, Thomas Pretty, Linn Rutledge, Nancy
Payne, Cora Quigg, Elizabeth Rutledge, Orville
Payne, Alfred Randall, Dr. Jason M. Rutledge, Rachel
Payne, Benjamin Randall, Michael S. Rutledge, Ray
Payne, Byrd Randall, Michael Rutledge, Silas
Payne, Ellen Randall, Walter Rutledge, Susan
Payne, Emma Randol, William Rutledge, Thomas
Payne, Franklin    



In Canton, May 21, 1885, infant child of Marion and Maggie Navent. (Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Logan Newton

Logan Newton, 81, of Sherwood Nursing Home, died at 5:25 p.m. Monday (February 19) in Graham Hospital.

Mr. Newton, a retired farmer, was born in Putman Township, Dec. 2, 1886, a son of Isaac and Rebecca (Cluts) Newton. On Dec. 3, 1914, he was married at Peoria to Grace Fillingham, who survives and resides at Bloomington.

Other survivors are one son, Logan Newton Jr., Aurora; six daughters, Mrs. Phoebe Price, Hopedale; Mrs. Lousell Berry, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. Vivian Lathim, Port Hueneme, Calif.; Mrs. Betty Garrett, Groveland; Mrs. Margaret Piper, Downs; and Mrs. Audrey Turner, Bloomington; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Three sons, seven brothers and three sisters died earlier.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday (February 22) in the Murphy Memorial Home conducted by Larry Price of Jehovah Witnesses. Burial will be in Shields Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call at the memorial home after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Feb. 20, 1968, submitted by David Newton)

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Pioneer Resident Claimed By Death

Mrs. Rebecca Newton Dies at Home of Son, On Route 2, Early Last Evening

The infirmities of old age following an illness of nearly two years duration, last night (November 14) caused the death of Mrs. Rebecca Newton, 91, at the home of her son's, Frank Newton, on Route 2, in the Shields Chapel neighborhood.

One of Fulton county's oldest inhabitants, Mrs. Newton had resided in the vicinity where she died for approximately 80 years. Born in Pennsylvania, May 26, 1841, she came to Fulton county in a covered wagon with her parents, Joseph and Eva (Eckenrode) Cluts, when she was 11 years of age, the family making their first home in the vicinity of what is now Fiatt.

On Sept. 29, 1856 she was married at Bernadotte to Isaac Newton, who preceded her in death Dec. 16, 1903.

Five Children Survive

Five of the ten children born to this union survive. Charles J., Hubbard, Oregon; Frank and Oliver, Canton route 2; John, Terre Haute, Illinois; and Logan, Bloomington, Illinois. Thirty-five grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren also survive.

Friends may call at the Murphy Memorial home at anytime up to the hour of the funeral, which is to be held from Shields Chapel church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon (November 17). Burial will be in the nearby cemetery.

The Rev. Mrs. Della Stretch of El Paso will be assisted by the Rev. Sarah Bowman in officiating at the funeral.

Mrs. Newton was a faithful member of the United Brethren church at Shields Chapel for many years.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Nov. 15, 1932, submitted by David Newton)

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Death Of Veteran

James Newton, a veteran soldier and well known citizen of Bryant for many years, died at his home at 10 o'clock Saturday night (March 14, 1914), after a short illness of pneumonia.

Decedent was 68 years of age and is survived by three sons and one daughter. His wife died Dec. 3, 1911.

The funeral was held at Bryant at 1 o'clock this afternoon and burial was in Bryant cemetery. A number of members of Joe Hooker post were in attendance.

(Canton Daily Ledger, March 16, 1914, submitted by David Newton)

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Putman Farmer Dies At Age Of 80

Funeral Services for Henry Newton Will Be Held Wednesday

Henry Newton, prominent and highly respected citizen of Fulton county, died at his home two and one half miles northeast of Cuba at 2 o'clock Monday morning of uremic poisoning of which he had been ill for six weeks. He was 80 years old.

Mr. Newton was born near Civer, Ill., on Nov. 23, 1845. he was a son of Dr. Charles and Mahala Newton. His father was an eastern man, a graduate of Harvard university and the first surgeon in Fulton county.

Mr. Newton was one of the prominent and successful farmers of the community. He was actively engaged in the work of his farm until a few years ago when he retired, but remained on the old homestead, where he had lived for nearly 50 years.

He was married to Sarah (Miller) Putman on Dec. 12, 1876 and to this union four children were born, three of whom survive. One child died in infancy. the surviving children are Mrs. J. D. Blume of Macomb, Dr. A. M. Newton of Pocatello, Idaho, and Mrs. Floyd Morey of Fairview. Three step-children also survive. there are Mrs. Mintie P. Laird of Palisade, Neb., George C. Putman of Cuba and Harrison Putman of McCook, Neb, There are also five grandchildren.

He was a most devoted husband and father and dearly beloved by everyone for miles around to whom he was known as "Uncle Henry."

The funeral services will be held in the Methodist Protestant church in Cuba on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock--the Rev. S. E. Nicholson officiating.

(Canton Daily Ledger, June 29, 1926, submitted by David Newton)

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Frank Newton Dies at His Home Monday

Frank Newton, Canton Route 1, died at 11:45 p.m. yesterday (Monday, February 4, 1947) at his home following an illness of one week.

Born September 7, 1867 in Putman township, a son of Isaac and Rebecca (Cluts) Newton; he was married at Cuba May 31, 1911, to Della Sipe, who survives.

Also surviving are seven children Marion, Albert, Franklin, Earl, and Harrison, Canton, Route 1; Mrs. Lyle Spainhour, Peoria, and Mrs. John Kararo, Canton, four grandchildren and a brother, Logan Newton, Bloomington.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday (February 7) at 2 p.m. in the Shields Chapel. Burial will be in the Shields Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call at the Murphy Memorial Home.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Feb. 5, 1947, submitted by David Newton)

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Banner (Special)—Mrs. Amanda Nichols, 75, a life resident of Banner died this morning in the Graham Hospital, Canton, where she had been admitted late Thursday afternoon.

Mrs. Nichols had been in ill health for several years. Shortly before she suffered a stroke about 5 p.m. Thursday, she had been working with her husband in the yard at their home, and was apparently feeling no worse than usual. She was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and died without regaining consciousness.

Born Dec. 28, 1879, in Banner township, a daughter of William and Hannah (Williams) Counterman, she was married March 3, 1892 in Palmyra, Mo. To Martin Fidler, who preceded her in death Nov. 24, 1938. In May 1945 in Lewistown, she was married to Marion Nichols, who survives.

Other survivors are a daughter Mrs. Ivan Romine, Canton; three grandchildren; five step-sons, Marion and Leona Nichols, who are serving in the United States Army, and David, John and Richard Nichols at home; two brothers, Robert Counterman, Mt. Sterling and David Counterman, Pekin. Two brothers and two sisters are also deceased. She was a member of the Banner Methodist church, and a charter member of the Banner Royal Neighbors of America.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Banner Methodist church by the Rev. Louis L. Meade, pastor.

Friends may call at the Murphy Memorial home until noon Sunday. Burial will be in Walnut cemetery. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)

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Nichols, Gertrude (Saunders)

Funeral services were held Friday at 2 00 o’clock for Gertrude Nichols, 75, of San Augustine.

Mrs. Nichols, for over 20 years, was head nurse and administrator of San Augustine Memorial Hospital. A registered nurse, Mrs. Nichols was employed with the hospital shortly after it was built in 1948 and had a vital part in guiding the installation through the formative years and through some of the most trouble of times before the formation of the County Hospital District. She retired in 1970.

Mrs. Nichols died at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness at her home and in hospitals.

A native of Illinois, she was a Veteran of World War II, a member of the Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was a member of the Army Nursing Corps and served in the U.S., in the African Campaign, and in Italy. While in Italy she was commissioned First Lieutenant. Head of Nurses at the 12th Service Hospital in Rome. While serving in Naples she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for Outstanding Devotion to duty and the Bronze Star Medal. She won the African-European Middle Eat Ribbon.

She was married to the late William Roswell (Jack) Nichols and resided in the New Hope Community for about 30 years.

Funeral services were held at the Wyman Roberts Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Faulk officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jack Nichols, Hubert Busbee, Burnon Howell, Roberts Burks, John Whitton, J. P. Hightower, Joe Nichols, Warren Nichols and Johnny Nichols.

Note: She was the daughter of Firman B. Saunders and Claudine May Chamberlain...born 30-Mar-1907 in Canton, Illinois and died 16-Sep-1982 in San Augustine, Texas.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Theresa Lankford)

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In Putman Township, May 17, 1885, of gangrene, Phebe Nichols, aged 72 years, 3 months and 5 days. Phebe Brush was born February 12, 1813, in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Emigrated to this county in November 1826. Was married to William K. Nichols March 25, 1831. Joined the Presbyterian Church in 1832, and when afterward the Congregational Church of Canton was organized, she became one of its original members, and remained connected with it until the day of her death. Mrs. Nichols was a sister of Mrs. H. Saunders, of Putman.  (Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Ellison Norcott – husband of Elmira Norcott (deceased). Born Oct. 31, 1819 in Penn Yan, N. Y. (Note: Correction - Ellison was born in New Brunswick, N. J.) Died July 2, 1910 at 855 King Place, Chicago, Ill. at 90 years 8 months 3 days. Buried July 4, 1910 in Greenwood Cemetery. Resided here 20 years. [Not an actual obituary...Reference: Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home – Canton, Illinois – Volume 1, published by Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society, submitted by Phyllis Minner)

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Almira Norcott – died June 4, 1860, Canton, Ill. in her 38th year. Wife of Ellison Norcott. (Canton Weekly Register, June 12, 1860, submitted by Phyllis Minner) Note: Almira Norcott was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton, IL. [Reference: Cemetery Inscriptions of Fulton County, Illinois – Volume 15 – published by Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society.]

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     Mrs. Blanche N. Norton, known in her girlhood as Blanche N. Haney, was born near Vermont, Ill., May 11, 1882. Departed this life on Jan. 16, 1904, at the age of 21 years, 8 months and 5 days.
     She and the family lived near and in Vermont until they moved to Table Grove. She attended the High School here and graduated with a class of seven. After this she taught school for several terms at Bernadotte, Hickory Grove and Hazel Green.
     She was married to Prof. A. C. Norton, principal of the Table Grove High School, June 12, 1902. In August, 1903, they moved to Hampshire, Ill., where Mr. Norton was engaged as superintendent of the school. Here she passed to the higher life, her death being caused by blood poisoning, following the birth of a boy baby, born, but not to life and light in this earthly world. She held up to consciousness and clear thought up to the very last, and though she loved life and companionship in this world yet she feared not to die.  She was baptized into the Universalist church by Rev. C. E. Nash, D. D., President of Lombard College, and having espoused this faith in her early youth, and having lived its requirements in all faithfulness, she bore testimony to it with her dying breath. She said she died in the faith of the universal brotherhood of man. There could be no more triumphant and blissful death; no more fitting close to her short but devoted life. Her last words were: "I can't see you any more Archie, (addressing her husband,) but I see my little baby. I can't say much more now. Good bye, Sweetheart." Who knows but when eyes close to earthly things they may open to spiritual realities?
     Blanche Haney Norton was one of humanity's jewels, one of its whitest spirits. A home treasure, no one was ever more fondly loved by parents or brothers or sister. Called to the side of one who prized her above all other treasures, she graced his home and was a fondly loved wife. She revered the church to which she gave her love and duty and cheerly rendered it her full service. All who knew her loved and respected her, and the ??? she has gone to the "higher home," where she awaits the coming of her loved ones on earth.
     Mrs. Haney, Mrs. Norton's ??? was at Hampshire with her ??? during the last days of her ??? and with Mr. Norton arrived Sunday night with the remaining ??? The funeral was held from the Universal? church at 10 o'clock Tuesday ??? Rev. John Hughes officiating. Interment in the Vermont Cemetery.
     The husband, parents, brother and sister have the sympathy of the community in the largest ???.
     Those here from a distance attending the funeral were, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gilliland of St. Louis, ??? Mrs. William Norton of Farr??? Mr. and Mrs. Hott of Astoria, ??? Muck, Mrs. O. Nelson and Mr. & Mrs. E. Nelson of Vermont, ??? Crabtree of Bardolph, May ??? and Ray Norton of Farmington? Mr. and Mrs. George Norton of ???ville.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Russell Dean Nolan

CANTON, IL - Russell Dean Nolan, 62, of Canton passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at 7:20 am at Sunset Manor, Canton.

He was born January 23, 1946 in Canton to Albert H. and Frances (Miller) Nolan. His parents and two brothers precede him in death.

Surviving are one brother, John (Charlene) Nolan of Marietta; three sisters, Alberta (Charles) Kidd of Canton, Patricia (Dennis) Cameron of Edelstein, and Marcella Hankins of Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be Saturday, April 26th from 9:45 to 10:45 am at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton with a graveside service following at 11:00 am at Fiatt Cemetery, Fiatt. Rev. Dave Stamerjohn will officiate. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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Freda May Henderson Nussel

CANTON, IL - Freda May Nussel, 83, of Canton peacefully passed away at 2:35 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2008, in Illinois.

She was surrounded in prayer and thought by her loving family and friends over the last several days and the outstanding staff at Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth, who showed her great compassion, dignity and respect.

She was born in Canton on Dec. 1, 1924, to Thomas N. and Laura E. (Roosa) Henderson, who she lovingly called Mama. She married Glenn C. Nussel on May 5, 1951. He died on April 23, 1977.

Surviving are two sons, David G. (Crystal) Nussel of Pinckneyville and William Nussel of Canton, who she made her home with prior to her latest journey to be with family and friends; two grandchildren, Arielle Nussel and Tyler (Ali) Hafford; several nieces and nephews; a special cousin and neighbor, Maury and Betty Clark; and friend, Connie Heller and family, who will always have a special place in her heart for Freda.

Also preceding her in death were several brothers and sisters, including Juanita "Nita" Svob, who was her faithful companion since her husband's passing.

She was a homemaker and dedicated mother, wife and sister.

She was a caregiver to several families in Canton and she briefly delivered meals to people in need.

Freda was a former member of the Canton Women of the Moose, the Fulton County Democratic Women and TOPS.

She was of the Christian faith.

Private services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton, with visitation an hour prior. The Rev. Nancy Thomas will officiate. Burial will follow in Fiatt Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Central Illinois Chapter, the Arthritis Foundation or the OSF Hospice Program.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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Friends have received word of the death and burial of Mrs. Hannah Ellen Offord, former Table Grove resident. She died June 2, in Prichard, Ala., where she had made her home for the past 40 years. [Born April 13, 1863, died 1941.]

Surviving are a son, W.A. Offord of Prichard, two daughters, Mrs. Cora L. Hart, of Detroit, Mich.; and Mrs. Nettie E. Crabtree of Prichard. One brother, William L. Rutledge of Table Grove, also survives. There are 14 grandchildren.

NOTE: Article was cut short.

(unknown newspaper, June 1941, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. W.C. (Mary Izella Wilson) Offord

Relatives and friends here have received word of the death of Mrs. W. C. Offord at her home near Olustee, Okla.

Mr. and Mrs. Offord were former residents of the Pilot Grove neighborhood and have many friends in and near Adair who deeply sympathize with the family in their bereavement. The following obituary has been furnished us for publication:

Mary Izella Wilson, daughter of John and Ellen Wilson was born near Adair, Ill. April 6, 1877 died at her home near Olustee, Okla, Nov 27, 1917, aged 40 years 7 months and 21 days.

She was united in marriage to Walter C. Offord who with the following children survive: Floyd R., Florence L. Walter H., Edna R., Mable A and an infant son two weeks old. Lester V, having preceeded her to the great beyond, some fifteen years ago at the age of six years. She also leaves an aged father and one brother, C.W. Wilson.
The welfare and happiness of her family was always her first thought and she will be greatly and sadly missed by her husband and children, also by a host of relatives and friends.

She grew to womanhood and lived in the same locality until about ten years ago. She with her family moved to southwestern Okla., where since they have resided. She was a member of the United Brethren church at Pilot Grove for a good many years and lived in that faith until two years ago when she united with the Methodist church. She tried to live a true Christian life. Her love and thoughtfulness of her family will always be remembered by the bereaved husband. It is sad to give her up, but God's will, not ours, be done. Gone but not forgotten.

(unknown newspaper, Nov. 1917, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Well known and Popular Woman of Breeds Passes into Her Final Rest

The funeral of Mrs. Nels Olson whose death occurred Friday afternoon at her home in Breeds will be held at 10:30 o'clock Sunday morning at the Methodist Protestant church. [She died on May 21, 1910]

(Canton newspaper, May 1910, submitted by Ruth Taylor)

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Eugene Onion

Relatives were notified Thursday morning of the death of Eugene Onion, a former Vermont resident, of Marinette, Wis. He was born in Ipava, a son of Elmer and Alma (Cooper) Onion and married Miss Ella Larson, who survives with one brother, Delbert Onion of Farmington, and a sister, Mrs. Olive Ellison of Greeley, Colo. One brother and one sister are deceased. Services and burial were in Marinette.

Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Onion, Mrs. and Mrs. Elmer Onion and Mrs. Dean Onion went to Marinette Friday to attend the services.

Note: death date: July 15, 1965

(unknown newspaper, July 1965, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Obituary for Abraham Oldfield

Feb. 2, 1894—"Last Sunday morning occurred the death of Abraham Oldfield from the effects of the gun shot wound which he received the Sunday previous. The young man was about 30 years old and unmarried.

Funeral was held from the old opera house last Tuesday, conducted by Rev. Dillie of the Methodist Church and was largely attended. Remains were interred at Oak Ridge.

Abraham was born in Knox county Aug. 6, 1863 and died in Knox county. He was the second son of Nelson Oldfield of northwest of town and was a quiet lad and well liked by all those who knew him intimately." (Farmington Bugle, Feb. 2, 1894, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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Obituary for Mary Orton

Feb. 23, 1894—"Died Tuesday night after a protracted illness at the residence of her son Matthew, east of town, Mrs. Mary Orton, wife of Dennis Orton, aged 74. Funeral was held from the house yesterday afternoon.

Deceased maiden name was Simpson and she was born in Philadelphia in 1820. In 1844 she was married to Dennis Orton. Six children blessed their union, of whom there are four living; Harriett, now Mrs. William Longfellow of Colorado; Matthew S.; Mary E. Farmer, both of whom live here and Wilber B., of Nickerson, Kans. Mr. Orton and wife are among old settlers of this section having come to the country in the thirties." (Farmington Bugle, Feb. 23, 1894, submitted by Dorene Fox-Sprague)

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Mrs. Mary (Rutledge) Palmer

Mrs. Mary A. Palmer was born in Augusta County, VA., January 26th, 1813, and died at the home of Ed Waters, where she was temporarily visiting, December 17th, 1893, aged 80 years, 10 months and 27 days. The subject of this sketch was the daughter of George and Mary Rutledge whose religious ancestry was that of the Scotch-Irish Presbyterian Church back to the reign of James the Second. She in her early girlhood and her brother George were converted at a Methodist meeting conducted by Rev. Charles B. Tippett, of the Baltimore Conference, and United with the Methodist Church of which she remained an honored and faithful member until her death. She was one of a family of eleven children three of whom died in childhood, eight reaching the years of maturity and all removed to this State of an early day. Her three brothers, George, Edward and William J. Rutledge all became ministers of the Methodist Episcopal church. Only two of the family are now living, Edward, who resides in Yates Center, Kansas, and William J., who is Chaplain of the Soldiers Home at Quincy, Ill. Her eldest sister, Rosanna Rutledge, died in 1876, Jane Kerr in 1866, Margaret Sheets in 1870, Rev. George Rutledge in 1871, and Lydia Harris in 1864. All were well known in this community, especially by the Old Settlers. Mrs. Palmer was married to James G. Palmer in Virginia, September 11, 1833, and with him came to Illinois, in December of 1839, and spent the winter on the farm now owned by Ed Waters. It is a little strange that nearly fifty years she should come back and die within a stone's throw of the place where she spent her first winter in Illinois. She was the mother of eleven children six of whom are now living. George R., in Onargo, Ill., Robert W., Jacksonville, Ill., Margaret A. Harris, New Philadelphia, Martha Russell, Omaha, Neb., Emma V. Koon, Kansas City, MO; and Hiram H. at Jacksonville, Florida. She had twenty-seven grandchildren and eighteen great grand-children at the time of her death.
Her life was preeminently a religious one and her daily living was a constant commentary upon the religion she professed to have received and enjoyed. She was a faithful and true wife, a thoughtful and kind neighbor, a tender and loving mother. Could all the loving thoughts her children bear her be changed into flowers her grave would lie buried a wealth of bloom. "Her children also rise up and call her blessed". The mourning of her relatives and friends is tempered by their belief that she is at rest among the blessed.

Her lips are silent in death, but her consecrated life is vocal with a testimony that death has no power to kill. "She being dead yet speaketh". The funeral services were held at the residence of Ed Waters and were conducted by Rev. Dr. Richard Haney of Monmouth and Rev. Wm. Cooper, of Bardolph and the body was taken to Jacksonville for burial by the side of her husband.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Harland Parker

GLASFORD--Harland Parker, 89,of Glasford passed away at 8:32 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005,at the Farmington Country Manor, Farmington.

Born May 28, 1916, in Hillsboro, S. D., to George and Mary Oatman Parker, he married Elizabeth A. Wages on April 19, 1934, in Palmyra, Mo. She preceded him in death on Dec. 31, 1986.

Also preceding him in death are his parents, two daughters, one son, two grandsons, four brothers and eight sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth (Susie) Parker of Peoria and Larry G. (Carol) Parker of Glasford; three daughters, Ruby (Dennis) Linda of Morton, Margaret (Frank) Horvath of Canton and Cindy (Steve) Dotzert of Peoria;13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was a devoted father to his family. He ran a tag machine at International Harvester in Canton for 30 years, retiring in 1974. He also farmed in the Glasford area, where he raised Appaloosa horses.

Services will be at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Pastor Jim Reed will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the memorial home. Burial will be at White Chapel Memorial Gardens in Canton.

Memorials may be made to the Timber-Hollis Fire Department.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Danni Hopkins)


     Mrs. Della Parks of 706 E. Miller St. an employee of Springfield School Board more than 30 years died at 1:35 p.m. Friday in Memorial Hospital where she was a patient the last two weeks.
     She was born Feb. 19, 1879, at Vermont, Ill, the daughter of Edmon and Almeada Rogers Derry. She was a resident of Springfield since 1918, and a member of the Third Presbyterian Church.
     Surviving is her daughter, Mrs. Almeada Burnett, Springfield, two sons, Henry and Victor Parks both of Springfield, three grandchildren; brother, Newton Derry, Astoria.
     The body is at the Ellinger & Kunz Funeral Home where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. H. M. Hildebrandt.
(From the Springfield Journal Register, January 31, 1959, submitted by Marilee Griffin)

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 Jack PAROLA, who was formerly a miner in Cuba, on account of poor health started back to his home in Italy last August died in a station near his old home.   (The Fulton Democrat, Wednesday, December 2, 1914, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Funeral services of Mrs. Cora Payne, who died Saturday morning at her home southwest of town, was held at the Bernadotte church, Monday at 11 o'clock, conducted by the Rev H F Kline. Burial was in the Randall cemetery near Bernadotte.

(Smithfield News, May 25, 1916, submitted by Kandi Stark-Reeder)

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William Albert Payne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Payne, was born in Ohio, Jan 9, 1844. He departed this life at Smithfield, Ill., April 10, 1920, at the age of 76 years, three months and one day. The decedent came to Fulton county at the age of five years. Here he resided till death. On April 12, 1863, he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Riggins of Lewistown. To this union were born 11 children, five of whom have preceded him in death. Those who are left to mourn his loss, besides the grief-stricken wife, are three sons and three daughters: Russell Payne of Minnesota. Jacob of Raritan, Bird of Montana, Mrs. Vada Watson, west of Monmouth; Mrs. Roxey Lindsey of Smithfield and Mrs. Katie Johnson of Oklahoma. Also 23 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three sisters and two brothers, and a host of neighbors and friends. The deceased was a kind husband, a loving father and a good neighbor. He had been deprived of his hearing to a great extent for some time, but his last illness was only of a few days. His parting words to his companion were: "Ellen, I see through the pearly gates. The way is open, and I have a free pass. Does this satisfy you, Ellen?" The day of his burial was their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary. The funeral services were conducted Monday morning at the M.E. church in Smithfield, by the Rev. Ralph Dean. Assisted by the Rev. Martin.

(Canton Ledger (Smithfield), April 14, 1920, submitted by Kandi Stark-Reeder)

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Mrs. Payne Dead

Mrs. Ellen Payne died at her home in Smithfield at 1 p.m. Thursday of----years old, the wife of W A Payne, who preceded her in death. Six children survive: Russell of Minnesota; Jacob of Rariton, Ill; Bird of Montana; Mrs. Roxey Hackathorn of Hope, Ark.; Mrs. Vada Watson of Little York, Ill; and Mrs. Katie Johnson of Oklahoma. No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.

Death of Mrs. Payne (Same Page different column)

Mrs. Ellen Payne passed away at her home in Smithfield Thursday morning at 1:45 o'clock. Death was due to pneumonia. She was 73 years of age.
Ellen Riggin was a daughter of Susan and James Riggin and was born April 16, 1847, in Augusta, Hancock County, Ill. The following children survive her: Lavada Watson of Little York; Russell Payne of Minnesota; Jake Payne of Rariton; Roxy Hackathorn of Hope, Ark; and Kate Johnson of Oiltown, Okla.
No funeral arrangements have yet been made, awaiting word from the distant relatives.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Friday, Feb. 9, 1923, submitted by Kandi Stark-Reeder)

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LEWISTOWN - Christy F. Picton, age 48, a resident of Clayberg Nursing Home in Cuba and formerly of Lewistown, passed away at 1:25 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

She was born July 21, 1962, in Canton, the daughter of Clifford F. and Betty R. (Haacke) Bump. She married Joseph H. Picton Jr. They were married 25 years and later divorced.

Surviving are her mother, Betty Bump of Lewistown; two daughters, Sarah (Jeremiah) Phillips and Laura (Nathan) Barclay, both of Lewistown; one brother, Craig (Lisa) Bump of Lewistown; four grandchildren, Jace Phillips, Jaxon Phillips, John Barclay and Luke Barclay, all of Lewistown; one niece, Barbara Bump, and one nephew, Curtis Bump, both of Lewistown.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Christy graduated from Bradley University in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in nursing.

She had worked as an RN at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

She served in the U.S. Army as a medical specialist from 1984-1987.

She attended the Cuba Christian Church.

Christy had been involved with 4-H for many years. She was a member of the Lewistown Alumni Association.

Christy enjoyed making scrap books, music and writing poems and nursing articles. She enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and spending time with her four bubbas.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown with the Rev. Barbara Short officiating. Burial will be in Fiatt Cemetery at rural Fiatt. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at the memorial home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clayberg Nursing Home.

(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Gaile Thomas)

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Mrs. William Plate Dies, Funeral Friday Afternon

    Mrs. Sarah Janette Plate, 85, died Wednesday of last week in the home of Arde Willock near Table Grove, where she made her home.
    Mrs. Plate was born Sept. 19, 1867, in Pleasant township, a daughter of George W. and Matilda Stoneking Clark. She married to William Plate Dec. 31, 1888, and to this union seven children were born. Her husband and four children preceded her in death.
    Surviving are: two sons, Don and Fred of Astoria; one daughter, Mrs. Beulah Fordyce of Orion; one sister Mrs. Belle Beam [note: Elizabeth Belle Clark wife of James H. Beam, son of John G.] of Seneca, S. Dakota, and one brother, William W. Clark of Panora, IA. Also fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
    Mrs. Plate was a member of the Union Chapel church, which is located near the home farm in Woodland township, where she resided until three years ago. She was devoted to her family and home, and enjoyed the activities of the community.
    Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Astoria Methodist church, conducted by Rev. H. Sheldon Pattison of Geneseo, assisted by Rev. H. D. Sommons. Burial was in Ipava Cemetery.
(The Argus Searchlight, June 25, 1952, submitted by Anne Marie Willis)

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    Valera B. Plate, the only daughter of Wm. Plate and wife, was born June 14, 1898, died June 13, 1900 aged 1 year, 11 months, 29 days.

Tis hard to break the tender chord, When love has bound the heart.
Tis hard, so hard to speak these words, Must we forever part.
Dearest loved on, we must lay thee, In the peaceful graves embrace.
But the memory will be cherished, Till we see thy heavenly face.

    Little Valera was just 2 years old the day we laid her to rest. She leaves father, mother and three brothers, with many friends to mourn the loss of the darling little baby girl. Rev. Cooper conducted the services. The remains were laid to rest in the Union Chapel cemetery.
(newspaper unknown)
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Anne Marie Willis)

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Former Astoria Resident Dies

    Verne George Plate, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Plate, was born in Woodland township, Fulton county, Sept. 18, 1889, and departed this life Feb. 9, 1935 at the Graham hospital in Canton, Ill., at the age of 45 years, 4 months, and 24 days.
    Mr. Plate's early life was spent near Astoria, where he attended public schools. Here he spent most of his life.
    In 1910 he was married to Miss Mable Furniss. To this union were born five children, four daughters and one son. One daughter dying in infancy. The last eleven years he and his family have lived on a farm near Adair.
    It was said of Mr. Plate the he was ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of the Masonic lodge of Bardolph, Ill. He was converted at the Union Chapel church when a young man.
    He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, three daughters, namely, Valera Morrow of Astoria, Verna Morrow of Bardolph, Isla, at home, one son, William, at home, his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. William Plate of Astoria, two sisters, namely, Beulah Fordyce of Table Grove, Luzetta Kennedy of Kings, two brothers, Don and Fred of Astoria, two grandchildren, Deloris Morrow and Leon Morrow, besides several uncles, aunts, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
    Funeral services were held in the United Brethren church in Adair Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Lester Honderich. Burial in Oakwood cemetery, at Macomb.
(The Argus Searchlight, Feb. 13, 1935, submitted by Anne Marie Willis)

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 The funeral services of Charles ROSE held Sunday afternoon was attended by between 600 and 800 people.   Rev. J. T. Sullivan delivered and impressive address to this vast audience.  The pall bearers were Knights of Pythias.   There were 252 vehicles in the procession.  The wealth of beautiful flowers spoke of the multitude of friends who are in sorrow today over the untimely death of whole-souled Charlie Rose. (The Fulton Democrat, Wednesday, December 2, 1914, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Loring Overman Dies

Found Dead in His Room Saturday Evening; Funeral Held This Afternoon

     The funeral of Loring Overman found dead in his room in the Wyman building Saturday evening, was held at the Baptist church at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Burial was in the Greenwood cemetery. The verdict of the coroner's jury was that death was from natural causes.
     Mr. Overman was about 50? years of age and was unmarried. A. H. Overman, brother, was the only surviving relative. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Overman, former well-known farmers northwest of Canton are dead. (Peoria Star, Peoria, Illinois, Tuesday, September, 28, 1920, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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The Pekin correspondent of the Peoria Journal says Ernest E. Orendorff, son of John L. Orendorff, of Delavan, aged 19 years, about three months ago went to Providence, Rhode Island. His parents received word Wednesday of last week that he was ill with imflammation of the bowels. They started at once to go to him. Thursday morning a dispatch announce his death, before the parents could reach him. Ernest was a second cousin to the Orendorffs of this city. (Fulton County Ledger, Jul. 23, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Smithfield: A child of William and Belle Reynolds died yesterday morning. Funeral services at the Brock Chapel, at 3 o’clock P. M., conducted by Rev. C. Boyer. (Fulton County Ledger, Jul. 23, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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George Taylor attended the funeral of John POLHEMUS at Fairview, Il. last Thursday. They were both members of Company D 103rd. and served through the late Civil War together. (Canton Weekly Register, Canton, Il., Aug 23, 1900, pg. 11, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Thomas Parsons who lived on Creamery Hill, one mile west of Canton, Il. on the Vine St. road. Stephen Conklin found him in the ditch just east of the Fairview bridge. The accident happened when the wagon had run over him.  Mr. Parsons was born in England some 62 years ago. His wife survives and he leaves 2 daughters - Mrs. William Brown, wife of the South Second Ave. Grocer and Mrs. Frank Seward of Springfield, Il. (Canton Weekly Register, Canton, Il., Oct 1, 1900, pg. 10, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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D. S. Ray Sr. [of Cuba, Il.] died Wednesday p. m. age sixty-two years. (Canton Weekly Register, Canton, Il., Oct 11, 1900, pg. 2, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Cordie B. Read, Widely Known Teacher, Succumbs

     A veteran Alabama and Illinois teacher, Mrs. Cordie B. Read, 76, died yesterday [6 Jul 1949] while visiting a son in Theodore, Ala.
     Mrs. Read, who lived at 1820 - 28th Street, Ensley Highlands, had been visiting her son, Howard W. Winkler, for about six weeks.  She had been in ill health for several years.
     Born in Cuba, Ill., Mrs. Read came to Birmingham many years ago.  She was graduated from State Teachers College at Troy, Ala.  Later she taught in Alabama and Illinois schools 40 years.
     She was active in various organizations of the Southside Baptist Church for years before her recent illness.
     Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. E. R. Rivers and Mrs. E. Y. Barnhart, Birmingham, and Mrs. D. [sic] C. Barnhart, Laguna Beach, Fla.; three sons, H. W. Winkler, L. A. Winkler, and C. F. Read, of Theodore; three sisters, Mrs. George Murphy, Knoxville, Ill.; Mrs. John Bryant, Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs. Earl Moore, Cuba, Ill; one brother, Edward Bishop, Cuba, Ill.
     Funeral services and burial will be in Cuba, Ill.
(unknown newspaper, Jul 7, 1949, submitted by Carol Carmichael)


Mrs. Cordie Read Rites Announced

     Funeral services for Mrs. Cordie B. Read, 76, veteran Alabama and Illinois schoolteacher, will be held tomorrow [9 Jul 1949]in Cuba, Ill.  Mrs. Read died Wednesday at Theodore, Ala., while visiting a son.
     Born in Cuba, Ill., Mrs. Read came to Birmingham many years ago.  A graduate of Troy State Teachers College, she taught in Alabama and Illinois schools for 40 years.
     She had been visiting her son, Howard W. Winkler, for about six weeks.  She lived at 1820 - 28th Street, Ensley Highlands.
     She was active in various organizations of the Southside Baptist Church for years before her recent illness.
     Mrs. Read is survived by three daughters, Mrs. E. R. Rivers and Mrs. E. Y. Barnhart, Birmingham, and Mrs. D. [sic] C. Barnhart, Laguna Beach, Fla.; three sons, H. W. Winkler, L. A. Winkler, and C. F. Read, all of Theodore; three sisters, Mrs. George Murphy, Knoxville, Ill., Mrs. John Bryant, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Earl Moore, Cuba, Ill.; and one brother, Edward Bishop, Cuba, Ill. (unknown newspaper, Jul 8, 1949, submitted by Carol Carmichael)


READ -- Mrs. Cordie B. Read, age 76, of B'ham, passed away Wednesday a.m. [6 Jul 1949] in Theodore, Ala.  Survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. George Murphy, Knoxville, Ill.; Mrs. John Bryant, Columbus, Ohio; Mrs. Earl Moore, Cuba, Ill.; 1 brother, Ed Bishop, Cuba, Ill.; 3 sons, H. W. Winkler, L. A. Winkler, and E. F. Read, Theodore, Ala.; 2 [sic] daughters, Mrs. E. R. Rivers and Mrs. E. Y. Barnhart, B'ham, and Mrs. Grier C. Barnhart, Laguna Beach, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held in Cuba, Ill., Saturday 10 a.m [9 Jul 1949].  Clyde Taylor Funeral Home, Cuba, Ill., in charge. (unknown newspaper, Jul. 7(or 8), 1949, submitted by Carol Carmichael)

Photograph submitted by Carol Carmichael

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Mrs. Ralph N. Roy

Mrs. Nancy Roy, the wife of Ralph N. Roy, of 41 North Eighth avenue, died at 10:50 o’clock Tuesday morning. Mrs. Roy was just 54 years of age. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases.

Nancy Seybert was born in Virginia Feb. 14, 1845. In 1850 she removed with her parents from the “Old Dominion” to Farmington township, where the family settled on a farm. In 1867, in company with Ralph N. Roy, she went to Lewistown, and was married there. Mr. And Mrs. Roy settled near Breeds and lived in Orion township until 11 years ago, when they lived in the country.

For the past three months Mr. And Mrs. Roy have made their home with their son, William Roy, at whose residence Mrs. Roy died.

Besides Officer Roy, the deceased is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Olive Shumaker, of Olive street and Avenue C.

Mrs. Roy’s was the first death among the 11 children born to her parents. Those surviving are: Mrs. Alice Pierce of Canton; Mrs. Emma Rossiter, north of Canton; Mrs. Ella Soper, east of Canton; Miss Sarah Seybert, of Norris; Mrs. Sue McKeever, of Farmington; Mrs. Mary Stookey and Charles Seybert of Trivoli; Mrs. Carrie Diven and John Seybert, of near Atlantic, Iowa and Henry Seybert of western Iowa.

Mrs. Roy had been a member of the Presbyterian church since girlhood, and was a good, kind and loving wife and mother.

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2’oclock, eight miles northeast of Canton. [The original may give details on where she was buried, but copy made for me does not.]  (Canton Weekly Register, Feb. 16, 1899, submitted by Sandy MacDonald)

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Funeral services for Robert Archer Orton will be held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon from the Farmington Methodist Church, Rev. T. J. M. Crapp of the First Methodist Church, Streator, officiating. He will be assisted by Rev. Arthur H. Smith of the Farmington Methodist Church. A favorite hymn will be sung by Mrs. Ben Kirkup with Mrs. Dorothy Whitfield at the organ. Interment will be in the Oak Ridge Cemetery with Masonic Rites by his Brothers of A. F. & A. M. No. 192 Farmington. Masonic pall bearers will be: James Anderson, Dr. R. L. Harris, Alexander Mason, Ray Pancake, Eugene Robertson and Allen V. Strong. Honorary pall bearers will be: E. W. Bradley of Galesburg, Sam Parrish of Canton, Ben Kirkup of Peoria, Charles Lindberg, Jack Preston and Harlan Wood.

The casket will be open at the church for one hour before the services.

Robert Archer Orton was born December 17, 1889, at Newcastle-on-Tyne , son of Robert and Elizabeth (Dixon) Orton. He passed away at the Methodist Hospital, Peoria, at 7:55 o'clock Tuesday morning, September 17, 1940, at the age of 50 years, 9 months. He had been ill only two weeks, having suffered an attack while at work at the Kroger store on Tuesday, September 3rd. Remaining at his home under the care of Dr. E. K. Dimmitt hopes were held by his family and friends that an early recovery would result. Showing steady improvement he was taken suddenly worse on Friday morning of last week, a condition from which he did not rally sufficiently to satisfy his physician, and his removal to the hospital was decided upon Monday morning. An examination after his passing revealed that he had been a patient sufferer for many years from a condition of his heart and kidneys that the best medical science could not have prolonged his life. Every loving care was given him by his family during the two weeks of his illness which was the only time he had been ill during his married life.

On December 20, 1910 he was united in marriage with Mabel Smith at Morpeth, England, and in May of the following year they came to Farmington, where they have since made their home. Three children were born to this union, all of whom survive to mourn with their mother the sudden passing of their guide and counselor. They are: Ridley Orton of Peoria; and Gordon and Winifred Orton, living at home. Two sisters, Mrs. Peter Ivison of Sycamore, and Mrs. Ethel Casson of Farmington; and one brother, Richard Orton, living in England; and his aged mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Orton, living at Ashington, England.

Early in life he joined with the Methodist Church in England in the work of which he took an active interest. On arriving in Farmington he entered the coal mines with his two brothers-in-law, Fred Casson and Peter Ivison. Later he became manager of the Farmington CoOperative Society, which position he held for eight years. Then for one and one half years he operated a motion picture show here, and 15 years ago entered the employ of the Kroger Grocery & Baking Company, as manager of their Farmington store, which position he held at the time of his death.

Of a genial, jovial diposition, "Arch" was welcome in any company of friends, and it is with the keenest feeling of loss that his many friends say "Farewqell," extending to his bereaved family the heartfelt sympathy with the sincere thought that their loss is also the loss of the entire community.

NOTE: Robert Archer Dixon was born the legitimate son of James Dixon and his wife Alice Bell, in their home at 14 Derby Street, Westgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England. His father died April 5, 1892, when "Arch" was two and one half years old. His mother, trying to feed eight children on a very reduced income, agreed to allow her son to be adopted by her deceased husband's first cousin, Elizabeth Dixon, and her spouse Robert Orton.

(Farmington Bugle, Sept. 19, 1940, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Mrs. Mabel Margaret Orton, 77, of Farmington, died at her residence late Saturday evening, December 8, 1962.
She was born in Jarrow-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England, January 10, 1885, the daughter of William and Ann Smith. She was married December 20, 1910 at Morpeth, England, to Robert "Arch" Orton. He died September 17, 1940.

She is survived by two sons, Ridley D. Orton of Decatur, and Gordon D. Orton of Peoria; a daughter, Mrs. Winifred Schmidt of rural Elmwood; six grandchildren; and one great grandson. She is the last survivor of 11 children.

She was a member of the Farmington Methodist Church and the WRC lodge here.

Funeral services were Tuesday at 2 P.M. at the Farmington Methodist Church, with the Rev. Don E. Wise, officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

NOTE: Mabel Margaret Smith was born at 109 Albert Road, Jarrow, County Durham, England, in the home of her parents, William and Ann (Dunn) Smith. Her father was born in Arbroath, Angus County, Scotland, and her mother was born in Hebburn, Jarrow St. Paul Parish, County Durham, England.

(Farmington Bugle, Dec. 14, 1962, submitted by J. Robert Schmidt)

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Mrs. Minnie Osborn

     RUSHVILLE Mrs. Minnie Mae Osborn, 71, of Beardstown formerly of Rushville, died at 8:20p.m. Tuesday in Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville, where she was admitted one hour previously.
      She was born May 8, 1894, in Schuyler County, a daughter of Joseph and Nancy Skiles Thompson. She was married to Grover Umphryes Dec. 24, 1910, and he died July 9, 1961. On Sept. 19, 1964, she was married to Harry Osborn in Beardstown. He survives along with six: sons, Orval, Everett, Lee and Dawson, all of Rushville, Junior of Griffith, Ind., and Burton Osborn of Ripley; four daughters, Mrs. Helen Davis of Canton, Mrs. Ellen Irwin of Cedar Lake, Ind., Mrs. Irene Brubeck of Pekin, and Mrs. Patricia Laviolette of Griffith, Ind.; one step son, Harley Osborn of Rock Falls; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Mary Leminkul and Mrs. Dorothy Jackson, both of Beardstown. Mrs. Hazel Looker of Jacksonville, and Mrs. Joan Mallicoat of Peoria; 34 grandchildren: 13 step-grandchildren; several great grandchildren: two brothers, George Thompson of Rushville, and Frank Thompson of Astoria; one sister, Mrs. Annie Wilson of San Bernardino, California; two half-brothers, Ivan Thompson of Rushville and John Thompson of Macomb.
     Services will beat 2 p.m. tomorrow In Roby Funeral Chapel, Rushville, with burial in Good Hope Cemetery, northeast of Rushville. Visitation will be after 7p.m. today at the funeral chapel. She was a member of Union Baptist Church of Rushville. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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County News

(From the Avon Sentinel)

John Pool was born March 9th, 1806, in Cable Co., West Virginia, and died May 7th, 1895, near Avon, Fulton Co., Ill., aged 79 years, 1 month and 28 days. When a young man he emigrated to Richmond, Indiana. At this place he was married to Miss Elizabeth Fulton, January 28th, 1830; removed from there to Michigan in the same year. He joined the Christian Church in 1831, then came to Illinois and settled in Fulton Co., in 1843; joined the Dunkard or German Baptist Church in May, 1848. (Fulton County Ledger, May 21, 1885, submitted by Judy Churchill)

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Francis Prather

     RUSHVILLE-Francis Prather, 40, of Rushville, died at 8 a.m. yesterday at Culbertson Memorial Hospital where he was admitted Tuesday evening. He was born in McDonough County Oct. 9, 1925, a son of Floyd and Josephine Lashbrook Prather. He married Doris Ebbert Nov. 10, 1948, in Macomb, and she survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Patty, Pamela, Kathy, and Mary, all at home; his father of Ray; two brothers, Robert of Beardstown and Dale Prather of Kaneville; and two sisters, Miss Isabelle Prather of Lincoln and Mrs. Betty Shinall of Texas. His mother died earlier. Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Roby Funeral Chapel, with Wayne Douglas of Sciota Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Rushville Cemetery. Visitation will be after 7p.m. today at the funeral chapel. Military rites will be by Schuyler Post No.4 American Legion. He lived in Rushville the last two years and earlier resided in Sciota eight years. He was a farmer before his illness. (Unknown paper and date, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Former Canton Resident Dies in Oregon

     George B. Reed, a resident of Canton and Breeds for many years, died Saturday afternoon in Grants Pass, Ore., where he has made his home for the past five years. He had been suffering for a month from heart trouble. Mr. Reed was a coal miner while living in this vicinity.
He was born Dec. 23, 1852, in Cornwall, England, a son of Robert and Caroline (Jones) Reed. His first wife was Mary Jane Hutching. Fifty four years ago, Mr. Reed was married to Julia Mussey. Surviving children are Mrs. Myrtle Burrell, of Pennsylvania; Mrs. Ella Christy, of Washington; Mrs. Clara Straley, of Grants Pass, Ore.; and Robert of Canton.
     Stephen Reed, Peoria, is a brother, and Mrs. Ella Brown, Breeds, a sister.
     Mr. Reed was a member of the Odd fellows.
     The body will arrive here at 11 o’clock Thursday morning. Friends may call at the Murphy Memorial home. Funeral arrangements are in complete, but burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.
(Canton Ledger, Oct. 7, 1933, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Mrs. Julia Reed Dies Wednesday in Grants Pass, Ore.

     Mrs. Julia Reed died at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday morning, Feb. 14, in Grants Pass, Ore.
     She was born Feb. 11, 1865 in Coal Valley, Ill., a daughter of James and Jane Muzzy and was married June 29, 1880 to George B. Reed, who died in 1933.
     Surviving are three children, Mrs. Clara Straley of Grants Pass, Ore., with whom she had made her home; Mrs. Ella Krische, Tacoma, Wash., and Mrs. Myrtle Burrell of Newark, Del.; twelve grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren and a brother, Jake Muzzy, Bryant.
     Robert G. Reed, a son died Feb. 1, 1951; a brother and a sister also preceded her in death.
     Mrs. Reed was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, Camp No. 90 and the Rebekah Lodge of Canton.
     Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon in the Murphy Memorial home by the Rev. J. Dewey Muir, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call at the Memorial home after 5 p.m. Monday. (Canton Daily Ledger, Feb. 17, 1951, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Robert George Reed Dies Thursday; Funeral Saturday

     Robert George Reed, 54 West Myrtle Street, who had been in failing health the past two years died at 6:40 Thursday evening at his home.
     Born Jan. 19, 1875 in Fairview, Ohio, a son of George B. and Mary Jane (Hutchins) Reed, he was married Jan. 1, 1902, in Canton to Mary Jones, who preceded him in death Feb. 20, 1945.
     He is survived by five children, Mrs. Helen L. Dodds, Miss Alice B. Reed, Mrs. Mary Hukill, Raymond L. and George B. Reed, all of Canton; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Clara Straley, Grants Pass, Ore., Mrs. Ella Krische, Tacoma, Wash., and Mrs. Myrtle Burrell, Newark, Del. His stepmother, Mrs. Julia Reed, Grants Pass, Ore., also survives.
     Mr. Reed was engaged many years in coal mining and was a charter member of the United Mine Workers of America.
     The Rev. J. Dewey Muir, pastor of First Methodist church, will conduct funeral services at 3 o’clock Saturday in the Murphy Memorial home where friends may call. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.
(Canton Daily Ledger, Feb. 2, 1951, submitted by Scottie McCoy)

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Former Banner Township Supervisor's Death From Blood Pressure


     A. D. Pollitt, well known resident of Banner township and for 12 years Republican member of the county board of Supervisors from there, died suddenly early this morning at Chicago, according to word received by relatives here.

     Mr. Pollitt, in company with his wife and the Rev. S. E. Nicholson, was in Chicago to attend conference of the Methodist Protestant Church., having left here yesterday morning. About 3 o'clock this morning he suddenly collapsed and died. High blood pressure was given as the cause.

Death Unexpected

     Since Mr. Pollitt, who was about 60 years old, had appeared in good health and was not under the care of a physician, his unexpected death was a severe shock to his relatives and friends. Mr. Pollitt's daughter, Goldie Black, at whose home in Chicago he died, telephoned the sad news to relatives here. Few particulars were learned however.

     The body will arrive here tonight at 11:58 o'clock and funeral arrangements will be announced tomorrow.

     Mr. Pollitt was born and reared in Liverpool township, three-quarters of a mile south of his present home in Banner township, about 8 miles southeast of Canton.

His Survivors

     He was a son of James B. and Orilla Beckstead Pollitt. He was married to Martha M. Kendall, who survives. The following children survive: Mrs. Orilla Snider and Mrs. Polly Estes of Liverpool township; Dorothy Pollitt, employed as attendant at Bartonville Hospital; Mrs. Goldie Black, Chicago; Hobart and Lornie, at home; and James T. and Jesse B, stepsons.

     A brother B. E. Pollitt and a sister Mrs. J. D. Raker, reside in Liverpool township, one brother A. Pollitt and a sister Mrs. Harriett E. Black being deceased.

Long a Supervisor

     Mr. Pollitt was a staunch Republican and represented Banner township as supervisor for six terms, taking an interest in all activities of his party. He was well known over the county and his public spiritedness and friendliness will be greatly missed.

     He was a member of the Modern Woodmen and Eagles lodges. He became very active in the Methodist Protestant Church. (Unknown newspaper, August 1927, submitted by Shirley Slover)

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An Old Citizen Gone.

     Noah Romine died at 2:30 o'clock Saturday of heart and kidney trouble at the home of his son, Thomas, 49 Fourth Avenue (Canton, Illinois). Mr. Romine would have completed his eighty-second year the fifth of next month. Mr. Romine was born in Ohio in 1812. While a young man, he located at Lawrence county, this state. There he met and married Mary A. England. They then moved to Green County, Ind. where two children were born to them. Marion and Thomas. The oldest died February 20, 1883. His wife died 1844. After her death he with his two sons moved to Fulton county, Illinois in 1848. There he met and married Jane Thompkins. Seven children were born to them, five boys and two girls, Calvin, John, William, Emily, Clarissa, Millard and Samuel. Jane, his second wife, died April 17, 1888. He had always lived in Banner Township since he came to Illinois until 1892 when he came to live with his son Thomas. He had been a half century (can't read this line) nearly all of that period in Banner Township. He taught the first public school in that township or one of the first. He enjoyed always in the high degree of esteem and confidence of his neighbors. He was many times elected to local offices, among which were supervisor, assessor and town clerk. He has a brother living at Roseville this state. The funeral took place Tuesday at Utica (now Banner) at 1 o'clock p.m. Internment at Walnut Cemetery." (Unknown newspaper, 1894, submitted by Shirley Slover and Angie Sneeringer)

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Mrs. Anna Polhemus Dies in Fairview

Mrs. John (Anna) Polhemus died February 28, 1920, at the home of he daughter, Mrs. Jerome Lawson of Fairview. Mrs. Polhemus, the daughter of Charles S. and Mary Stout of Canton, was born in Somerville, N. J. July 19, 1833. With her parents she moved to Fairview, Ill. in 1853, where she married John Polhemus Mar 29, 1854. Soon after their marriage, they moved to a farm in Joshua township, Fulton county Ill. where all of their children were born; Daniel G., Charles S., Emily I., Harry S., William G., Eloise and Mary. They also had a son who died in infancy. The surviving children are Charles S. Polhemus, Mrs. Emily I. Lawson and Harry S. Polhemus, all of Fairview. Her parents and 5 children are deceased. She was one of nine children; one brother, Joseph Stout of Randolph, Iowa, survives her. The funeral and burial will be held tomorrow in Fairview. (Canton Daily Ledger, Feb. 29, 1920, submitted by Tony Kaney)

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John Owens

John Owens, the dead roadmaster, was the first to be laid to rest in Greenwood cemetery, following a funeral service held at the family home on South Main street at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, and conducted by the Rev. W. T. Kessinger.

There were fully 300 or 400 people in attendance at the house, including 76 members of the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias orders, a large portion of whom followed the funeral car to the cemetery, where the Odd Fellows were in charge of the final ceremonies. The pallbearers included two members from each of the orders and two of the dead man's fellow-employees of the railway. They were Thomas Back, Charles Schaur, W. H. Shaw, R. A. Savill, Samuel Watson and Lyle Switzer.

John Owens was born March 9, 1856, in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. He came to America in early years and returned to his native land several times. About 25 years ago he came to Canton, where he resided until the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife and four sons and four daughters—John, J. Henry, Lewis, Leonard, Mary, Elizabeth, Anna and Katherine. One son, John, is in Seattle, Wash., en route home from a two-years' absence in Australia. The others are in Canton. Leonard is employed as a brakeman between Galesburg and Chicago; Lewis is firing on the Buda & Rushville branch of the "Q" and Miss Mary Owens is a teacher in the Canton schools.

For about 10 years Mr. Owens was employed in the plow shops, holding the position of foreman of the receiving department. He was three times city superintendent of streets, under the respective administrations of Mayors Walker, Ellis and Wessling. For the last 11 months he was roadmaster of the interurban railway, and in each and all of these positions he discharged his duties with a faithfulness that left nothing to be desired.

Jack Owens, as he was familiarly called by those who knew him well—and he was well known to almost every citizen of Canton—had a host of friends in the city who knew his worth and held him in the regard which his fine character and marked ability justly merited. He was a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor, and upright citizen and a faithful friend. Those who had cause to know learned to appreciate the scope of his great-hearted sympathy and fellow feeling for others which lay beneath a sometimes seemingly harsh exterior. By all he will be missed, by many mourned, and the deep sympathy of the whole community goes out to his bereaved relatives in their sudden and sad affliction. [Note: John was killed in a train collision between cars #9 & #12 on the Illinois Central Electric Railway...Bill] (Canton Daily Register, March 1, 1910, submitted by Bill Higgins)

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Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson

Mrs. Elizabeth Lavina Robinson passed away Tuesday night, Jan. 30, after an illness of several weeks, aged 88 years.

She was united in marriage to Charles Robinson in 1848, who preceded her some years ago.

She leaves four sons, Thomas, Oscar and Frank of Ipava and Theodore of Table Grove.

One son, Edward, is deceased also one daughter, Mrs. Olive Dallas.

Funeral services were held at the home west of town Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. E. Jackson. Interment in Ipava cemetery.  (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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     Mary Ann Miller, daughter of Abner and Ethelinda Miller, was born in Vermont tp. Fulton Co., Ill., Feb. 6th, 1862. She grew to womanhood in that vicinity, and at the age of sixteen years began teaching school, which vocation she followed for five years, teaching at Etnire, Washington, Whealdon, Pleasant Dale and Bailey.
     Sep. 12, 1883 she was married to H. O. Robinson, who survives. Five children were born to them, one son, Leonard, dying in 1896 at the age of 12 years. Two sons and two daughters survive: Lawrence, of Pleasant tp.; Dr. Parry Robinson, of Springfield, Ill.; Mrs. Maurice Atherton, of Vermont tp.; and Miss Mary Robinson at home. There are two grand children, Berwyn? and Emma Jane Robinson.
     She was of a family of nine, four sons and five daughters. Of these three brothers and one sister survive: Mr. Emma Ellison and Elwood Miller, of Vermont; Jesse G. Miller, of Clearwater, Minn.; and Howard Miller, of Huron, South Dakota.
     Her parents were members of the Quaker, or Friends church. While she did not hold membership with that church, she always believed in and adhered to the faith of her fathers.
     A member of the Royal Neighbors, she was always active in the work of that organization, holding various offices of trust and responsibility in that order.
     Shortly after their marriage, they moved to the farm southeast of Ipava, which was afterward their home. Here for more than 40 years she lived and during those she forged a chain of friendship that bound her to a wide circle of friends in the community and Mary Robinson became known and loved by many.
     And how she loved her farm home. Here her children were born and grew to manhood and womanhood, save one who passed away in the spring time of youth. And in this home, so dear to her, she chose to spend her last days, and even so, it was well. In the evening of March 5th, 1927, death arranged the setting of the stage for the closing scene in life's drama and she passed on, having reached the age of 65 years and 29 days.
     What a haven of refuge is a home and a Mother's love, to which sons and daughters may turn for strength and counsel. And when the Mother is gone out from that Home how they "Long for the Touch of the Vanished Hand and the Sound of a Voice that is Still." But Mother's influence ever abides and her gentle presence.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Entered into Rest

     Henry Oscar Robinson, son of Charles Branson and Elizabeth Scott Robinson, was born December 10, 185?, and passed away at the Graham hospital in Canton May 9, 1931 at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 29 days.
     On September 12, 1883 he was united in marriage with Mary Ann Miller who preceded him in death March 5, 1927. To this union were born five children, one of whom, Leonard M., passed away when 12 years old. Surviving are Lawrence S., Mary Lois Etter, and Laura Atherton, all of Ipava vicinity, and Dr. H. Parry Robinson of Springfield, Ill. There are also two brothers, W. F. and Theodore Robinson, of Ipava; and four grand children, Berwyn and Emma Jane Robinson, Elizabeth Ann Etter and Robert Lee Atherton.
     Mr. Robinson was one of a family of six children and was born on the farm now occupied by W. F. Robinson. His entire life has been spent in this vicinity and he has always shown great interest in community affairs. He served for many years as a member of the Modern Woodman of America and has for several years been President of the Ipava State Bank. As a loving father and brother, trustworthy neighbor and upright citizen, he will be much missed.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)



     H. O. Robinson passed away at half past six o'clock Saturday morning May 9, at the Graham hospital in Canton. Death came as a merciful release from the sufferings he had patiently endured for many weeks, resulting from a facial cancer, and which no treatment known to medical science or surgery could conquer.
     Mr. Robinson was highly respected as a man among men, for his upright character and integrity. He held the responsible position as President of the Ipava State Bank, an office which he had filled capably for several years prior to his death. As a good citizen, a kind and obliging friend and neighbor, and a loving father he will be sadly missed by family and friends.
(Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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     Thomas Robinson passed away at his home in the southwest part of town late Tuesday evening, February 20th, after several weeks illness, following a stroke. He was unconscious from the time of the stroke until death relieved him. Deceased was 73 years of age. "Tommie" as he was familiar called, was one of the town's most familiar personages. He was one of the first rural mail carriers out of Ipava, and drove the route for over 16 years, and was retired on a pension. He also held the office of police magistrate of the village at the time of his death. He leaves his wife, who has been an invalid for some months, one son, Oliver, of Ellenburg, Wash., three daughters, Mrs. Edna Bohannon, of Ipava, Mrs. W. H. Farr, of Industry, and Mrs. Ernest Grandt, of near Birmingham, besides several grandchildren and three brothers, H. O. and W. F. of Ipava, and Theodore, of near Table Grove. The son, Oliver, who resides in the state of Washington, was unable to come to the funeral. Funeral services were held from the home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. S. C. Williams of the Presbyterian church and interment made in the Ipava cemetery. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Myrtle Robinson Dies In Hospital

A retired Ipava school teacher, Mrs. Myrtle Robinson, 81, died late Tuesday evening, Dec. 10, in Graham Hospital after an illness of 18 months.

Born April 19, 1887, in Astoria, Mrs. Robinson was the daughter of Thomas and Nancy Jane (Todd) McLaren. March 12, 1911, she married Lawrence S. Robinson at Astoria. He died Jan. 18, 1954.

Mrs. Robinson was a member of the Ipava United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include; one daughter, Mrs. Emma Jane Derry, Galesburg; one son, Berwyn Robinson, Oak Ridge, Tenn.; one sister, Miss Jessie McLaren of Lewistown; and four grandchildren. One daughter and two sisters are deceased.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the Ipava United Presbyterian Church with Rev. James McMillan officiated. Burial was in the Ipava Cemetery.

(Astoria Argus, Dec. 18, 1968, submitted by Sherry McCullough)

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Ipava, July 5---Mary Frances, three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Robinson, residing one mile east of Ipava, was found dead in a tank of water in the barn lot at the Robinson home about 7:30 o'clock yesterday evening. The grewsome find was made by the little girl's mother.
     Just how the accident happened is not known. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were doing the chores and had only missed the child a very short time before its lifeless body was found in the tank. In all probability the child climbed onto the side of the tank, lost its balance, and fell in and was drowned.
     Coroner Floyd A. Smith of Canton was notified and came to Ipava at noon today to hold the inquest.
     The child is survived by its parents, and one brother.
     The funeral will be held in the Presbyterian church in Ipava Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. Wilson of Mount Sterling in charge. Interment will be in the Ipava cemetery. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Death of Mrs. Russell

     We have just learned of the death of Mrs. Carrie Russell at her home near Chillicothe, Mo. Mr. and Mrs. Russell are well known here having spent most of their lives on a farm near here. Several years ago they moved to Chillicothe where Mr. Russell died three years ago last February.
     Mrs. Russell was living on a farm near Chillicothe with her son Kenneth who in the morning of July 9, found that his mother had passed away during the night. Mrs. Russell was in her usual health July 8, had visited friends in Chillicothe during the day. Her age was 69 years.
B. C. Stoops of Ipava attended the funeral which was held at Chillicothe with interment also there, it being Mr. and Mrs. Russell's request that they be buried there in place of being brought back to the former home in Illinois, near Ipava.
     Before returning home B. C. Stoops visited some time with relatives and friends at Trenton and Maryville, Mo. Mrs. Susie Russell of Ipava is a sister-in-law of the late Mrs. Carrie Russell. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Deanna Paul)

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Jason Milburn Randall, the tenth child of Michael Shelby and Mary Adams Randall, was born August 31, 1842, on a farm near Bernadotte, Fulton county, Illinois, to which place his parents had emigrated from Bowling Green, Kentucky, in October, 1828. His mother, Mary Adams Randall, was a cousin of President John Quincy Adams.

When Jason was two and a half years old his father died leaving a widow and seven children. Four years later the mother died leaving a family of orphans. From that time on Jason knew nothing of parental love and home care. >From the age of six years absolute necessity compelled him to look out for himself; and being naturally of a frail constitution, life was anything but easy for him, often meeting with abuse. The guardian appointed by the court swindled him out of his share of the property. At the age of fourteen years, after an illness of more than six months' duration, he started from Fulton county to Marion county, Illinois, a journey of 200 miles, on foot, poorly clad, with just 15 cents cash and his entire worldly effects in a little wooden box in his hand. The box is still in the family. Working his way, he finally reached his bachelor uncle, Elisha Jason Adams. At the breaking out of the civil war he was anxious to enlist, but his uncle opposed it on account of his physical condition, but later on reluctantly gave his consent seeing that nothing else would do. He enlisted Dec. 15, 1861, in Co E, 62nd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, and re-enlisted in the same organization as a Veteran, Dec. 23, 1863. He was discharged along with the organization March 20, 1866, after a service of 4 years, 3 months and 5 days. Suffering from the exposure and hardships due to hard marches and sickness he came home much shattered in health, having had during his service two violent attacks of pneumonia and various attacks of malarial fever, sunstroke and diarrhea.

In April, 1866, he entered the State Normal University at Bloomington, Illinois, where he spent some years. Later he worked on a farm, and taught for a while.

Devoted to his family, it was characteristic of him that in his illness of all earthly affairs should fade into insignificance except his family ties. In the love of his dear ones he took his greatest comfort and his only regret at passing away was leaving the hitherto unbroken family circle. Another characteristic was his tenacity to a principle he thought right. What he believed he believed with intensity; thus he was loyalty itself to his friends, firm in his opinions on political or other questions of the day, denouncing deceit and hypocrisy wherever found. This trait manifested itself, rallying again and again after his life was despaired of in the past three months.

He always thought of others first and himself last; his whole scheme of life was for others, and even in business matters he trusted everybody, though (torn column unreadable)…man as honest as he himself, torn column unreadable)…taking advantage of his trust. He was converted in early life, joined the Methodist church, and was a Christian to the time of his death. In his last days he often talked of "crossing the river and going home," often said, "I'm not afraid," A few evenings before the end he asked for the 23rd Psalm and then said, "It won't be long until my pastures will be green."

His memory will be cherished not only by the sorrowing family but by those friends to whom he has ministered in bygone days.

A brief funeral service was held Monday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wells, 222 Allen St., Waterloo, Iowa, at whose home he passed away. Accompanied by the family the remains were taken to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, for burial. A short service was held at the grave in charge of Rev. T. J. Myers and representatives of the G. A. R. Post; members of the Masonic order acted as pallbearers. Beneath the beautiful floral offerings of friends the beloved form was laid to rest.

He studied medicine with Drs. Davenport, Pratt and Ramsey in Salem Illinois, and later studied at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa. In April, 1870, he began practice at Utica, Iowa. Being by nature endowed with a medical mind, he was very successful in his chosen profession. He practiced as he did everything else he undertook with all his might; often he left his bed and braved the stormy weather to visit a patient less sick than he was himself.

In September, 1877, he moved from Utica to Birmingham, Iowa, which was his home until July, 1908, having been compelled by reasons of health to give up active work some years before.

At Utica, May 23, 1871, he married Miss Sarah Olive Fegtly. Who, with their five children survives him. The children are Mrs. Albert E. Smith of Madison, Wis.; Mrs. Thomas S. Wells of Waterloo, Iowa; Jason Adams Randall of New London, Iowa, and Jenner M. Randall of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. A sister, Mrs. James Woodson of Coulterville, Illinois, and numerous nieces and nephews and grandchildren also survive. Dr. Randall was a member of the Masonic lodge of Birmingham, Io., of the G. A. R. Post of the same town, and the Sir Knights Commandary of Keosauqua, Iowa.

A year ago he suffered a general breakdown, the many diseases he had battled with for years conquered him, and he had been an invalid ever since. Shortly after Christmas he had had an attack of grippe and pneumonia and the consequent weakness and heart trouble made the recovery impossible. Competent nursing and skilled attention held him to life until Sunday evening April 3rd.

He retained his mental faculties and even his sense of humor never deserted him. In the long months of patient suffering the beauty of his character daily manifested itself, as he uncomplainingly endured the depths and heights of physical pain, and appreciative of all efforts made for his comfort. It seemed hard that one whose life for forty years had been devoted to relieving the suffering of others could have so little ease from pain in his last days. Always a determined man who conquered difficulties, ambitious beyond his strength, but recognizing no limitations, all will remember his erect carriage and sprightly step retained in defiance of age and illness.
(Newspaper Clipping dated April 21, 1910. Handwritten note: The Reporter. Birmingham, Iowa, submitted by Fred Rucker)

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DIED in this county, on Saturday, the 1st inst., Mr. MICHAEL S. RANDALL, in the 47th year of his age. Mr. R. was a native of Shelby County KY., whence he emigrated to this STATE in 1828, where he has resided in peace and harmony with his neighbors until his death. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 26 years, during which time he has been a meek and devoted follower of the Savior. During his pilgrimage on earth, his time was devoted to the cause of religion, and his aim was to have at peace with mankind, and walk in the fear of the Lord and prepare for immortality beyond the grave. His disease (consumption) which was slow in its progress, and exceedingly painful, warned him that his thread of life was almost run, and throughout his confinement he bore his affliction with that Christian fortitude which had characterized him in life, and sustained him in the hour of death. He died in the full triumphs of faith, leaving a wife and seven children to mourn for him; but they mourn not as those without hope. The husband and father, although his body sleeps in the silent lamb, his spirit has wagged its way to the realms of bliss. To the death of Mr. R. the community has lost a valuable and esteemed citizen, and the church a bright and shinning ornament. His remains were conveyed to the tomb on Sunday, and there deposited to sleep "Till mouldering words and trembling systems burst, When the last trump shall renovate his dust; Still by the mandate of Eternal Truth, His soul shall flourish in immortal youth." March 3, 1845.
Note: He resided in Bernadotte. (Unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Fred Rucker)


Michael Shelby RANDALL was the third of seven children of Michael Randall and Mary Margaret (Peggy) Adams. He was named for "Shelby" County Kentucky where he was born on 24 Feb 1794. Five years later, his parents moved to Bowling Green in Warren County Kentucky. He married Mary (Polly) Adams in Logan County Kentucky on 23 December 1824. They settled in Warren County where they had two children: Nancy H. Adams (1825); and Margaret Lorain (1827).

His mother had died in 1824, the year they were married. In 1828, he moved his family and father by horseback to a new homestead on a large track of land in the Bernadotte Township in Fulton County Illinois. Being strong abolitionists, both he and his father wanted to leave the "slave state” of Kentucky.

His next eight children were born in Bernadotte: Elizabeth K. (1829); Harriet A. (1832); Diantha L. (1836); Thomas Lilburn (1838); John A. and William J. (1841 twins who died in infancy); Adaline Carter (1848); Jason Milburn (1842).

He died 1 March 1845. Neighbors described him as devout Methodist, a strong temperance man, one who opposed slavery, an intelligent farmer, and highly respected by all who knew him.
He is buried in the Randall Cemetery near Bernadotte. The tombstone reads: Michael Randall (2nd line is not legible) DIED Mar 1 1845. The stone is broken with only the top half above the ground, and is worn and difficult to read One has to lift the stone up out of the ground to read the 3rd line.
(SOURCE: Family letters, submitted by Fred Rucker)

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…The Randall family was established in America, during Colonial Days, by ancestors that emigrated from England. The great grandfather of Mrs. Morse (Michael Randall) settled on Staten Island and her grandfather served under Gen. Washington in the War for Independence. He was forced on board an English man-of-war that he might be compelled to serve in the British Army, but deserting, he joined the Colonial troops. He married Margaret Adams, a cousin of John Adams, our second President. They were married in Virginia, but later removed to Kentucky….
SOURCE: Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties Iowa, 1890. This entry was taken from the biography of James Morse, whose wife, Elizabeth Johnson Randall, was the granddaughter of Michael Randall.


     Four young Randall brothers left Bristol England for New York around 1720. Michael Randall was born to James Randall on Staten Island in 1759.
     At age 17, some records say 14, Michael and a brother were impressed into the British Navy, where they served nine months, then deserted, and joined forces of George Washington. Michael remained in the Army until the close of the Revolutionary War, which left him in Virginia.
     He married Margaret (aka Mary Margaret or Peggy) Adams 3 October 1785 in Charlotte County Virginia. They spent two years in Charlotte and Pittsylvania Counties. After the birth of their first child (William H.), they headed through the Cumberland Gap to unclaimed lands in Kentucky. Margaret's parents offered Michael a gift of several slaves when they left Virginia; however, being a staunch abolitionist, he refused this gift. Their second child (James Adams) was born in Harrodsburg Kentucky in1888. Another child, Michael Shelby, was born in 1794 in Shelby County. It wasn’t until 1800, that they finally stopped drifting west and settled and stayed on one location, Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky. This area was described as paradise. Few Indians actually lived in the area, using it only as a seasonal hunting ground. There was pure water, plenty of fish and game, the land was fertile, and the air fresh. They had four children there: Elizabeth; Mary; Sarah; and David, making a total of seven.
     Michael’s wife died in 1824. In 1828, he left Kentucky and moved with his son, Michael Shelby, to Bernadotte Twp in Illinois. Strong abolitionist views may have contributed to their leaving this slave state. Perhaps the constant boundary disputes that plagued Kentucky impacted their decision to leave. Kentucky was never surveyed before it was actually settled, thus, land titles were continually challenged. The fact that it took Michael over a dozen years to move across Kentucky before finally settling, suggests that he did not have a veteran’s land warrant that granted acreage. Perhaps, the Randall family pushed north with thousands of other folks because Kentucky was simply getting too crowded for those early, first, frontier settlers. By the mid 1820s, Kentucky had five times the population of Ohio. One quarter of those living between the Appalachians and the Mississippi had settled in Kentucky.
     For whatever reason, Michael, now a widower, left Kentucky with his son, Michael Shelby, and went north to Bernadotte Township in Illinois where his son had already purchased acreage along the Spoon River. The land was fertile and cheap at $1.25 per acre. More important, The Northwest Ordinance of 1785 had required that land north of the Ohio River be surveyed, divided into townships, and sectioned into orderly plots, unlike Kentucky. The town of Bernadotte, founded around a flourmill, was only two years old when they arrived. The land for the town had been purchased from Indians for 50 deerskins. Bernadotte thrived with its one fishing and two packing plants. Michael Randall farmed there for two years until his death in 1830. He was buried near the Spoon River, ten miles west of Lewistown. His tombstone has not been found in the Randall Cemetery where his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Mary, are buried. (SOURCE: Family letters, submitted by Fred Rucker)

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At Fiatt, Oct. 27, 1885, Mrs. Artemessa Oram, wife of Benjamin Oram, aged 56 years, 6 months and 24 days, of inflammation of the stomach and liver.
(Fulton County Ledger, Oct. 29, 1885, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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From Banner, May 11, 1885

Died, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John Hornstein, on Monday, April 27th, Mrs. M. P. Raymond, aged 85 years and 4 months. Her remains were taken to Peoria for interment at Springdale Cemetery.

Mrs. Raymond was born in Ireland and came with her husband to Peoria in 1835. After the death of her husband in 1856 she came to Canton, since which time she has lived with her daughters, Mrs. Louisa McCall, Mrs. Hornstein and Miss M. P. Raymond and at intervals with Mrs. Anna Downer, Dubuque. The latter daughter having, since the death of her mother, lost a son of promise, Charles Downer, who was a great favorite with his grandmother.

Mrs. Raymond was a woman of strong individuality of character, and hence must leave an impression on the community in which she lived.

She united with the Episcopal Church at 14years of age. Loving service was the inspiration of her life. To enrich others by her love, her sympathy and her worldly means, bestowed in the most unostentatious way, was her daily delight. Her Christianity was the type which “looks not on one’s own things, but on the things of others.” The “mind of Christ,” was in this womanly woman and worked out in her deeds. Her children remember her for this blessed service and copy her spirit by their kindly offices for the needy. For her constant attendance upon the services of the sanctuary she was an example to the rising generation. Her four score and five years brought with them many infirmities, yet to the last, “a day in God’s courts was better than a thousand.” Her seat is vacant now, but she yet spiked to us all from the upper sanctuary, where, we trust, she is enjoying the presence of her Lord, whom she delighted to honor while on earth. (Fulton County Ledger, May 14, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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May 11, 1885

Mrs. Rothman, wife of John R. Rothman, died a few minutes after 2 o’clock this morning, from euremic poison. She leaves an infant son, 9 days old, a husband and a daughter. The little girl is now very sick with scarlet fever. Mrs. Rothman was a daughter of the late L. Winans, of Vermont, this county and sister of Ross Winans, of this city. Her mother, a sister and two brothers are in Texas, many miles from railroad communication, and probably have not yet received word even of her illness. Funeral tomorrow (Friday), at 10 o’clock a. m. at the Presbyterian Church. She was aged 27 years, 3 months and 29 days. (Fulton County Ledger, May 14, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Died, on Monday, the 27th inst., of consumption, Mrs. Clara Reed, daughter of T. M. and Lizzie Mercer, aged 20 years. Mrs. Reed was a native of this place and had a large circle of relatives and friends here. When she was quite small her parents moved to Astoria, where she received her education and spent her happy youthful days. A few weeks ago she came here on a visit to her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hamer, and was taken down with the sickness. She was buried in the Astoria Cemetery on Tuesday.  (Fulton County Ledger, May 14, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Suicide by Hanging
[Roos, Mary]

George Roos, JR. and Carl Roos, two boys, left their home in Germany and came to this country. George stopped a few months in Ohio. Carl came two years ago this summer with Mr. George Nagle, when he returned from a visit to his native land, and came to Canton, where in a short time his brother George followed him, and the two have been employed in Drake’s barber shop. In Germany all young men must serve three years in the army and the parents of these boys preferred they should leave that country before they became of age to go into the army. The absence of her boys, two steady, industrious, fine-looking young chaps, caused the mother to reach after them with a longing heart. She pined for the loved ones who were separated from her by the broad waters of the Atlantic. There was yet another and younger boy under the home roof. He in a few years would be taken from Mother and home and placed in the army, if they remained in the father land. And so the father gathered his family, crossed the waters and joined his oldest boys in Canton.

They have lived here about thirteen months. The youngest son is employed at Swearingen’s east side store, and the other boys have good paying engagements with George Drake. Their earnings are not squandered or frittered away in foolishness, but every week, according to their early training in the father country, are handed to their father. He has not succeeded in securing employment since he came here, yet the family have been and are in comfortable circumstances. But the failure of Mr. Roos to secure employment preyed upon the mind of his wife and she dwelt upon the possibility of their coming to want. She could not speak English and therefore there were but few persons here with whom she could associate and converse. She became homesick for old scenes, old companions and old ties, until her mind became unbalanced and she felt life was too great a burden for her. She blamed herself for the family coming to this country and brooded over her imaginary troubles.

Sunday morning, last, the people of this city were startled by the announcement that some time between one and four o’clock on that morning Mrs. Roos committed suicide by hanging herself in the small barn on the lot on which the family resided, on Cole Street, second house west of the old woolen mill property. Her remains were buried in Greenwood Cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. A. R. Mathes officiating. Mrs. [Mary] Roos was 48 years old.

An inquest was held by Esq. Stearns Sunday morning, at the residence of Mr. George Roos, with the following persons in the jurymen: Isaac A. Johnson; Edward Sanford, D. H. palmer, Wm. Donn, Jr., H. W. Sebree, J. B. Fleming. After hearing the evidence the jury rendered a verdict that Mrs. Mary Roos came to her death by voluntary suicide by hanging herself with a rope fastened to a post in a barn on George Roos lot; hanged by the neck until she was dead. That Mrs. Roos at the time of hanging herself was laboring under a fit of temporary insanity.

George Roos, the husband, testified he last saw his wife about 1 o’clock Sunday morning; she left his bed at that time, and went to the bed where the children were and laid down by them; he asked her why she did so, and she replied she had pain in her body; she was very quiet, but much depressed and cast down; Mr. Roos went to sleep and about 4 o’clock awoke again, when he found the back door open and his wife gone; he could not find her in the house and going to the barn, found her hanging there, dead; he cut the body down and laid her as she was found by the jury; she was still warm, but life was extinct; she was very much home sick; they were in good circumstances in Germany and she seemed to think it was her fault they were here and did not have things; for the past fifteen years she has expressed herself that if anything happened she would take her life; never had any difficulty; noticed lately she had not seemed to be in her right mind; have five children, all here and all home at present; have been in this country about thirteen months.

George Roos, Jr., one of the children, testified there was no difficulty between his father and mother; she had not been right for some time and said she was afraid she would not have enough to eat; there was no cause for such idea; she cried at times here , which she did not do in the old country.

Carl Roos, another sone, said his mother had been very home sick and seemed to think she was the cause of their coming to America; they were all satisfied with the change but her; she was dead when he first saw her in the morning.

Mrs. Geo. Nagel said she had known Mrs. Roos since she came to this country; saw her about 9 o’clock the evening before; she said she was very tired. Mrs. N. thought for some tie she was not in her right mind; she was home-sick and seemed to think it was her fault they came to this country; she had said she could not live here long.

Dr. Howard and two or three other witnesses were examined, but their evidence is substantially as above. (Fulton County Ledger, May 14, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Passed Away Sunday Morning, at Saunders Hospital, After a Long Illness

     After more than a year of slowly declining health, and the past month confined to her bed, Mrs. Charles Powell passed peacefully away at the Saunders Hospital on Sunday morning, December 29, [1935] at 3:00 o'clock.
     Anna Brink, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Brink, was born September 21, 1870, at Prairie City, Ill. She was one of eleven children born to this worthy couple, which included two pairs of twins, two boys and two girls, all who have preceded her in death, with the exception of her twin sister, Mrs. Frank Clayton of Avon, and Frank Brink who resides at Garnet, Kansas, and whose twin passed away a number of years ago. She grew to womanhood in Prairie City and on March 7, 1887, she was united in marriage to Solomon Stannard, who died after a short married life. On October 21, 1891, she was united in marriage to Charles Powell of Canton and they made their home there for almost a year, after which time they came to Avon, where they have since made their home. Nine children, two girls and seven boys, were born to this union. Two sons, Howard and Russell, passed away in infancy and the following children remain with their father to mourn the passing of a devoted mother: Wiley of Ellisville; Eula Drake, Galesburg; Donald of Garnet, Kansas; Glenn, Corlisa, Carter and Irma of Avon. There are eight grandchildren, Rex, Giles, and Thomas Drake of Galesburg and Cameleta Ann Powell of Ellisville; Betty, Jack, Bobby, Ann and Ronald Eugene Powell of Avon.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Clogsten? Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Strickler in charge of the services. The song service was rendered by Miss Anna Becker with Mrs. Bernadio? Douglass accompanist. The songs were "The Old Ragged Cross" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."
     Interment was made in the Avon cemetery. The pallbearers were A. W. Ray, Dr. E. E. Davis, S. J. Swanson, J. E. Raymond, A. Sandberg and A. K. Gillett. (Avon Sentinel, unknown date, submitted by Richard Powell)

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Died, Monday, Mr. Joseph C. Rockafellow, in his 77th year. Funeral today, Rev. Bumstead officiating. Mr. Rockafellow was one of the old settlers, perhaps the first blacksmith. He leaves a widow and a large number of relatives to mourn his death. (Fulton County Ledger, June 18, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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(From the Vermont Chronicle, 5th)

Mrs. Anne Ramshaw, living two miles northeast of Trivoli, died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday in the Wrigley cemetery near by. She was almost 65 years of age and leaves a husband and two daughters. Deceased united with the Baptist Church, April 22nd, 1871. Rev. T. R. Evans, of this place, officiated at the funeral. (Fulton County Ledger, June 11, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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C. B. Powell Of Avon Is Found Dead

     Charles Boyd Powell, 81, of Avon, was found dead about 6:30 this morning [July 20, 1951] between tracks of the Q railroad in that city. It is indicated that it has not yet been determined whether the elderly man was struck by a train or whether he walked into the side of the train. The body was not mangled, it was stated, but the Avon resident had suffered head injuries. His coat is said to have been found some distance from the body.
     Dr. Rod McGuire of Canton, Fulton county coroner, has set an inquest for today; the exact time had not been set late this morning.
Apparently there is no immediate explanation as to how the fatality might have occurred. An Avon physician estimated that Mr. Powell had been dead about two hours and it is reported that he had not retired last night at the home of his son, Carter, where he resided.
Youths Find Body
     The body was found near the railroad handcar house by two Avon youths, Bobby Clayton and Floyd Smith, who reported the case to a restaurant proprietor who in turn notified Fred Mason, Q section foreman. The coroner was called and he gave permission for the body to be moved to the Brand funeral home.
     Employed at one time as an electrical engineer, Mr. Powell was born Oct. 29, 1869. Surviving are five sons, Wiley, Glenn, Corliss, and Carter, all of Avon and Don of Ottawa, Kan.; and two daughters, Mrs. Luther (Ella) Drake of Galesburg and Mrs. Irma Franciscovich of Canton. His wife preceded him in death in 1935.

AVON-- Funeral services for Charles B. Powell, presumably killed by a train early Friday morning, were held Sunday afternoon at the Brand funeral home at 2 o'clock in charge of the Rev. Richard Fiero of the Avon Methodist church. Soloist was Harold Bell, accompanied by Mrs. Bell.
     Pallbearers were Carter Powell, Glenn Powell, Wiley Powell, Corliss Powell, Luther Drake and Tony Franciscovich. Burial was in the Avon cemetery. (Probably Galesburg Register, July 1951, submitted by Richard Powell)

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ABINGDON--Wiley F. Powell, 75, of Avon, died Friday at 10 p.m. [Apr. 26, 1968] at Galesburg Cottage Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Powell was born Nov. 30, 1892, in Avon, where he was educated and reared.
     He married the former Edna Melvin in Galesburg, Feb. 5, 1913. Mr. Powell was a retired plumber and steamfitter. He was a member of Plumber and Steamfitter's Local 924 in Galesburg.
     Mr. Powell is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. Bernard (Carmeleta) Repp. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Luther Drake of Avon and Mrs. Anthony Franciscovitch of Canton, and by two brothers, Carter of Avon and Donald of Ottawa, Kan.
     Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Avon Methodist Church. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon and evening at the Newman Funeral Home in Abingdon. Burial will be in the Avon Cemetery. (Galesburg Register, Apr. 1968., submitted by Richard Powell)

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At her home in Minier, on Saturday, June 6th, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Elizabeth Quigg, aged 73 years. Elizabeth Lance was born in Allegheny County, Pa., on the 9th day of February, 1812; moved to Richland County, Ohio, in 1818, and came to Canton, Ill., in 1836. The same year she was married to Jacob Quigg, and they came to this county and located on a farm between Minier and Mackinaw, where she lived until about two years ago, when she moved to this place. She was the mother of six children, five of whom survive her.
(Fulton County Ledger, June 25, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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Cuba, Ill., June 30, 1885

An infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Orwig died Sunday and was buried in the Orwig cemetery, west of town, Monday, at two o'clock. (Fulton County Ledger, July 2, 1885, transcribed by Judy Churchill)

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David Edward PRESTON, 72, died at his home in this city at 5 a.m. Thursday, less than four days after suffering a stroke of paralysis shortly before noon Sunday. His last illness was but two weeks long.
     Born in Fulton county Oct. 13, 1862, the son of David W. and Mary A. PRESTON, the deceased had lived in this county the greater part of his life. He had lived in Rochester 16 years and for a number of years in the Bethlehem neighborhood northeast of here. He was a member of the Baptist church, teaching the men's Bible class in the local Sunday school several years. He had transferred his membership here from the Bethlehem church. Mr. Preston also had lived in Cass county.
     He married Nellie WEST 31 years ago at Mexico, Indiana. The widow survives him, as do two sisters, Mrs. Emma BOOTH of Iowa, and Mrs. Mary LOCKWOOD of Indianapolis.
     Funeral arrangements have not been made. (unknown newspaper and date, transcribed by Margaret Parsons)

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Relatives have received word of the death of Mrs. Lawson Rutledge of Alberta, Canada.

Genettie Carrison, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Berry Carrison was born north of Table Grove, December 1863, where she grew to womanhood and attended the Shinn school. She was united in marriage to Lawson Rutledge and they established a home in North Hickory where their family was born. In 1906 they sold their farm and for two years they lived north of Macomb near Bardolph before moving to Alberta, Canada, near Barons.

Mrs. Rutledge has been in failing health for three years. After a hard fall she was crippled in one limb and had been bedfast since last June. Besides her aged husband she leaves one son and two daughters, Harold Rutledge and Mrs. Mildred Blue of near Lethridge, Canada and Eunice House of Philomath, Oregon. One son Orvil passed away at the age of 21 years, also two infants. She leaves one sister, Mrs. Harriet Westlake of Bardolph, three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death, Mrs. Diana Barnes, Mrs. Ellen Walters and Emma Cook. George and Albert Carrison and Edwin who died at the age of nine years. She leaves 16 grandchildren, two grandsons being over-seas in the armed forces in England and many nieces and nephews.

(Note : birth: Dec. 21, 1863, died 22 Oct 1943)

(unknown newspaper, Oct. 1923, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Jasper Rutledge, son of Robert G. and Elizabeth A. Rutledge was born July 31, 1858 near Adair, and departed this life February 24, 1916, aged fifty-seven years, six months and twenty-four days.

His demise was due to an attach of pneumonia and heart trouble. He had been in feeble health for the past several years and his frail wasted body could not long withstand the ravages of disease and his fatal illness was only of a few days duration.

He was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Scudder of Industry, Nov. 14, 1889 and to this union three children were born: Lida (sp), Glenn and Glade, who with the wife and mother and two sister Mrs. Jane Effland of Table Grove. Ill and Mrs. Amanda Livingston of Abingdon are left to mourn his departure. The father, mother, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

His entire boyhood was spent with his parents on the farm in McDonough Co., north of Adair.

In his younger days he was a great Sunday school worker in the United Brethren church at Pilot Grove but on the account of ill health in later years he was unable to attend. Although he was a member of no church, he exemplified by his pure and honorable life, the teachings of the golden rule. He was a man of good habits, a fine moral character and was highly respected by all who knew him.

To the broken-hearted wife, and children, who sit in sorrow, to them is extended the sympathy of their many friends, and when they have drained the cup of sorrow, may they have peace that passeth all understanding come to them from "One who cares for each little sparrow that falleth".

The funeral serves were held at the Adair United Brethren Church Saturday noon by Rev. Herbert Turner of Prairie City who read the 90th Psalm and used for his text, John 14:1.

The following songs were sung: Jesus Lover of My soul; Will There Be Any Stars? Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, and Asleep in Jesus, touchingly rendered by Allen Leighty, Verla Haist, Les Herdon and B.E. Currens.

The pall bearers were cousins of the deceased and were: M. M. Taylor, Wallace Rutledge, Jason Taylor, Harry, John and Robert Rutledge.
Interment was made in the family burying ground in the Barker cemetery.

(unknown newspaper, Feb. 1916, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Lillian Mable, daughter of Wallace and Mary Rutledge was born March 25, 1898 on a farm north of Adair and died at her home in Adair Thursday evening January 3, 1919 after an illness of ten weeks duration, aged 20 years, 16 months and 9 days.

Her death was due to heart trouble with which she had been afflicted for a number of years. In early childhood she was stricken with scarlet fever, which sapped the vitality of her young life, and left her like a blighted plant, delicate and frail. Although handicapped by poor health she never murmured or complained, but was bright, happy and cheerful and carried sunshine with her wherever she went.

When two years of age, Lillian moved with her parents to Adair, where she has since resided and where she enjoyed a large circle of friends.

She was a member of the United Brethren church and a Sunday school teacher of a class of little girls, and as a teacher she was faithful to her duty and when health permitted it was a pleasure to meet with the class for she loved them and they lover her and while she has gone from their presence she will still live in their minds. She was a member of the Tri-State Lodge and the Tonowanda Camp Fire and took an active part in both societies.

This vicinity and its hospitable people ever held a warm corner in her heart. It was here the best days of her life were spent and during her last sickness which was severe at times she was ever patient and as her family and friends anxiously watched by her side as hope after hope dropped away, she met them with a smile but their entreaties were in vain and before the rising of the sun on that bright winter morn the sufferers spirit took its flight.

She is survived by her devoted parents, one brother, Loyd and one sister, Mildred, both at home and many other relatives and friends, who mourn deeply the departure of one they loved. Funeral services were held at the United Brethren church Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. J. T. Kerr of Van Oregon, a former pastor. The flowers were many and beautiful, tokens of love from friends.

At the close of the service the friends followed the funeral car to the Barker cemetery, where interment was made.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth Rutledge of Farmington RR2 Illinois died yesterday morning in the Graham Hospital, Canton, Ill. following a two year illness.

Born in Farmers township, Fulton Co, Ill. July 7, 1876, ad daughter of Isaac Newton and Celia Ann (Yocum) Walters. She was married in Bernadotte, Ill. Aug 26, 1897 to William Lewis Rutledge, who survives. Other survivors are two sons, Russell Dane at home and John Franklin of Lewistown; three daughters Mrs. Lena Helen Nebergall, Mrs. Ida Marie Dunlap and Celia Elizabeth Hensly of Canton, Ill. three brothers, Samuel Emmett Walters of Bushnell, Illinois, William Emerson Walters (twin of Samuel Emmett) of Table Grove, Ill. and Charles Edgar Walters of Canton, Ill., sixteen grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Murphy Memorial Home (Canton, Ill) where friends may call. Burial will be in Point Pleasant cemetery near Marietta, Illinois. The Rutledges were former Table Grove, Illinois residents.

Note: death date: Dec. 28, 1949

(unknown newspaper, Dec. 1949, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Thomas James Rutledge

Thomas James Rutledge succumbs to Illness, Fulton County, Ill., resident suffered by complications of ailments before being relieved by death.

Thomas James Rutledge died at the Graham Hospital at Canton, Illinois Sunday morning about 3 o'clock. He had been suffering from complications of ailments for about three weeks and on Wednesday was removed to the hospital where it was thought he could receive better attention.

Mr. Rutledge was born near Marietta, Fulton Co., Illinois April 10, 1860. He was a farmer by occupation. Since the death of his wife six years ago, he and his daughter, Beulah have made their home with his brother in law Emil Johnson, living at 666 South Second Avenue, Canton, Ill. Aside from his daughter, Mr. Rutledge is survived by his father Silas Rutledge who lives on East Pine Street, Canton, Illinois one brother Lewis, living at at St. David, Fulton Co., Illinois and a sister Mrs. (Jany) Belle Miller of Bryant, Fulton Co., Illinois. There is another surviving brother whose location is not known. Decendent was an industrious, highly honored man and his untimely death is deeply deplored by a large circle of friends. Funeral services will be held at the South Park M. P. Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by the Rev. J. L. McKay.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Jan. 20, 1913, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. Lawson Rutledge

Relatives have received word of the death of Mary Jeanette wife of Lawson Henry Rutledge of Alberta, Canada.

Mary Jeanette Carrison, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Berry) Carrison was born North of Table Grove, Illinois Dec. 27, 1863 where she grew to womanhood, and attended the Shinn School. She was united in marriage to Lawson Henry Rutledge Sept. 23, 1890 and they established a home in North Hickory where their family were born. In 1906 they sold their farm and for two years they lived North of Macomb, Ill. near Bardolph before moving to Alberta, Canada near Barons.

Mrs. Rutledge has been in failing health for three years. After a hard fall she was crippled in one limb and had been bedfast since last June.

Besides her aged husband, she leaves one son and two daughters Harold Rutledge and Mrs. Mildred Blue of near Lethridge, Canada and Eunice Houser of Philomath, Oregon. One son, Orvil passed away at the age of 21 years also two infants. She leaves one sister Harriet Westlake of Bardolph, three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Diana Elizabeth Barns, Mrs. Ellen Hester Walters and Emma Cook. George and Albert Carrison and Edwin who died at the age of nine years. She leaves 16 grandchildren two grandsons being overseas in the armed forces in England and many nieces and nephew. Burial in Albian Cemetery, Picture Butte, Canada.

Note: death date: 22 Oct. 1943

(unknown newspaper, Oct. 1943, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Orville Edwin Rutledge, son of Lawson and Nettie Carrison Rutledge was born near Bernadotte, Illinois October 4, 1892 and died at his home near Albion, Alberta Canada, Dec. 11, 1918, age 26 years 2 months and 7 days. Death was caused by pneumonia following influenza.

Orville's boyhood days were spent in the Hickory Grove and Shinns neighborhoods where he attended school and has a host of friends, who remember him for his kind and manly ways. He moved with his parents to Alberta Canada at the age of 15, where he has since resided. One year ago he was married to Miss Kate David of Albion, who with his parents, one brother and two sisters, Eunice Houser of Montana and Miss Mildred at home survive. His brother and sister, Mrs. Houser, are both very ill with the influenza.

(unknown newspaper, 1918, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Rachel Ann Rutledge, daughter of Preston and Margaret (Glossack) Yocum was born near Marietta, Illinois, March 10, 1858 and passed away at her home in New Philadelphia, Ill. Nov. 22, 1934 at the age of 76 years 8 months and 10 days.

She had been in failing health for some time and on Nov. 20 in early morning, she was stricken with paralysis from which she did not regain consciousness.

When a small child she was bereft of a parents love and care and made her home with friends. At an early age she united with the Christian Church at New Philadelphia. She lived her entire life within a radius of a few miles of locality where she was born. She was an ardent lover of music and in her declining years she especially loved the old hymns of the church.

On February 23, 1879 she was united in marriage to Robert McKinley Rutledge who with the following children survives: Walter Perry, Canton, Ill; George Wellington, Good Hope, Ill; Bessie May Howard, Marietta, Ill; Jessie Gay Blagdon (twin of Bessie May); Grover Cleveland, New Philadelphia, Ill; Ira Guy, Orange, Ill; Claude Evert, Adair, Ill; Luella May Hoyle (deceased) Ainsworth, Iowa, and Charles Leroy, Galesburg, Ill (note Jessie Gay Blagdon was also deceased).

She leaves thirty six grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She was a member of a family of ten children of which only one sister, Mrs. Mary Hale survive.
Burial Point Pleasant Cemetery Harris twp, Fulton Co., Illinois.

(unknown newspaper, Nov. 1934, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Mrs. Susan Rutledge, an aged and highly respected resident, who fell on Feb. 9 and fractured her hip, passed away from the effects of same on Tuesday, Feb 19, at 1:15 o'clock. All that loving hands or skilled help could do, was done for her comfort, but she gradually failed and passed away as above stated.

Susan Ann, daughter of Squire and Malinda (Hurtt) Epperson, was born in Green Castle, Ind. Feb 29, 1836 and passed away at her late home in Adair, Ill. at 1:15 o'clock Feb. 19, 1924, at the advanced age of 87 years, 11 months and 20 days.

Deceased, with her two sisters were bereafted of their parents when small children, and she was taken to Kentucky where she was given a home with an uncle with whom she resided until sixteen years of age, when she, with her relatives came to Illinois, making the trip which was a long tiresome one, in covered wagons. They located in this county and two year later, on Oct. 20, 1854, she was united in marriage to John Rutledge, who passed away Feb. 25, 1903.

To them were born nine sons and five daughters, of these four sons and one daughter remain to mourn the loss of a loving mother. They are: William H. of Bloomington, Nebr; Agnes Miner of Table Grove, Wallace A. and Walter Harry of Adair and Martin E. of Blue Island, Ill. The deceased: Florence, Eva Lodema and an unnamed sister, Franklin, Richard, George, Lowery and John. Besides the large family this noble mother reared to womanhood two nieces, Mrs. Susan Zinn of Denver Colo. and Mrs. Priscilla Swartzbaugh of Bushnell, who grew up to love her as their own mother. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, one being deceased and five great grandchildren, one being deceased.

Immediately after their marriage they went to housekeeping on the homestead northeast of Adair, where they resided all the years they lived together and for five years after the death of the husband and father, she continued to live there. Sixteen years ago she with her son Harry, moved to Adair, where she has since made her home. Harry remained in the home and helped to care for his mother during her declining years.

When sixteen years of age, Mrs. Rutledge was converted and after her marriage, she united with the Pilot Grove United Brethren Church, being one of its charter members, and through all the remaining years of her life was a beautiful christian one, and during her last sickness it was the same God she had lived for so many years that she leaned upon and resignedly awaited the call "Well Done, Come Up Higher".

In the death of "Aunt Susan," as she was known to so many, the community loses one of the oldest residents, as she has belonged to this vicinity for over seventy years and has watched with pride the growth of the country which was a vast prairies when she first came. During her earlier life, she, as many of our older residents, assisted much in sickness and shared her joys with those less fortunate, and it is with a fond memory that her older friends remember her many kindnesses. Thus the life of a noble mother is closed and the world is better for her having lived among us, and her children may well cherish her memory as they do, a most precious one.

After along, busy and useful life she died as she had lived, honored, trusted and loved. She reared her own monument while she lived in

"Smooth the locks of silver hair,
On our mother's brow with tenderest care,
Gather the robe in final fold
Around the form, so still and cold;
Lay on her bosom, pure as snow,
The fairest, sweetest, flowers that grow,
Kiss her and leave her our heart's delight;
Her pain is over she sleeps tonight."

Funeral services were held in the United Brethren church, Thursday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Towsley, who paid a beautiful tribute to the deceased, after which the remains were taken to the Miner cemetery and laid to rest in the family burial grounds.

(unknown newspaper, Feb. 1924, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Silas Rutledge, an aged resident of Fulton County died yesterday afternoon at 4:20 o'clock at his home 558 East Pine Street. Death resulted from paralysis.

Although 84 years of age, Mr. Rutledge had been in splendid health until last Saturday morning when he was stricken as he was sitting in a chair at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Bell Miller 558 East Pine Street where he had made his home of late years. His condition gradually grew worse and the end came at 4:20 o'clock yesterday evening.

Life Long Resident

Mr. Rutledge had been a resident of Fulton County, Illinois since birth. He was born near Ipava, Oct. 3, 1836 and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Rutledge, pioneers of Fulton County.

At the age of 19 he was married to Jane Reneau, who died about 10 years ago. Previous to moving to Canton, 29 years ago, Mrs. Rutledge was a prosperous farmer of the vicinity of Marietta, Ill.

Two sons and three daughters are living. They are: Lewis Rutledge, Canton; Ed Rutledge, Galesburg, Ill; Mrs. Celia A. Williamson, Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. Ella Dowler, Bushnell, Ill; and Mrs. John S. Miller, Canton. There are many grandchildren and several great grandchildren living.

The funeral will be held at the Miller residence at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Canton, Ill.

(Canton Daily Ledger, Dec. 27, 1920, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Ipava, Feb 14 - Luther M. Overton, for many years a resident of this community, died unexpectedly here on Feb. 4, he was 80 years of age.

Mr. Overton was one of four children born to Francis and Sarah Overton. On June 2, 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Fate who died on April 14, 1875. On Aug. 2, 1876, he was married to Miss Alice Voris of Smithfield and to this union was born two daughters, Mrs. Grace Rauch, who died in 1903 and Mrs. Olive Green who resides in Ipava.

Mr. Overton is survived by his wife, his daughter and four grandchildren. The grand children are Mrs. Lucine Bossort of Table Grove, Mrs. Esta Hoffman of Wabash, Ind. Clair Green of Chicago and Miss Alice Green of Ipava.

During the Civil war Mr. Overton served with the 146th regiment.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 7, and were conducted by Rev. Tanner, assisted by Rev. Cooper and Mrs. and Mrs. Branson, Rev. and Mrs. Tanner and Mr. Gore sang "Saved by Grace", "The Unbroken Circle" and "the Home of the Soul".

Interment was in the Ipava cemetery.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Esta Hoffman, Wabash, Ind; Clair Green, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Bossort and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bossort, Table Grove; Mrs. Sadie Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. William Simms, and Rose Totten, Smithfield; Mr. and Mrs. Geo Price and Mrs. and Mrs. Wm. Brown, Vermont.

(unknown newspaper and date, submitted by Diane Herd)

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James L. Portlock died at his home at New London, Ia. at 5 o'clock Wednesday evening August 22, 1917. He had been in good health until Friday night previous to his death when he took sick about midnight with bowel troubles. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 10 o'clock Friday morning by the pastor of the New London M.E. church. Interment at New London cemetery.

Deceased was the oldest son of J.S. Portlock and was born in Indiana on October 16, 1834 and was 82 years 10 months and 6 days old at the time of his death. The Portlock family were pioneer residents of the Table Grove neighborhood, where they were always held in high esteem. In January , 1856 the deceased was married to Elizabeth McCarty who passed away last fall. They resided near Adair for a few years after their marriage and then went to Iowa, where they spent the remainder of their days. To them were born two children. One died in infancy and the other a son, Frank, now resides at New London.

Deceased is survived by one brother, Samuel V. Portlock, who resides at Macomb, two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Allen of Macomb and Mrs. T. L. Rhodes of near Bardolph and a host of other relatives and friends.

(Bardolph News, August 1917, submitted by Diane Herd)

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W.P. Portlock - with sincere regret to the people of Table Grove and Farmers township, his home the larger part of his life, learned of the death of W. P. Portlock which took place at about four o'clock last Saturday afternoon at his hotel in Galesburg after a short illness, some ting like apoplexy being the immediate cause of his death. He was at a family reunion in Macomb, Thanksgiving day, returned in the evening and was quite ill when he reached home and continued so to the end. The casket containing his remains was brought here Tuesday and laid to rest in the Table Grove cemetery by the side of his wife. The Woodmen had charge of the services at the cemetery.

Funeral services were held at Galesburg.

William P. Portlock was born in Shelby County, Indiana April 6, 1840 and was the son of Dr. J.S. Portlock, a pioneer of Fulton County. His parents brought him to this county when but an infant. He wa reared on a farm and received a common school education. Was married March 24, 1861 to Adelaide Hickey. To them were born ten children of whom five are living - Mrs. Mary Cook, Washington, Iowa; Mrs. Martha Hoyle, Marietta, Kansas, Mrs. Ida Foster, Chadron, Neb; Mrs. Lulu Mills, Monmouth, Ill; Squire Portlock, Jetmore, Kansas. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters Samuel Portlock of Bardolph, James Portlock of New London, Iowa; Mrs. I. P Rhodes of Bardolph and Mrs. Wm. Allen of Macomb, all of the children except Mrs. Foster came to Table Grove with the remains.

W.P. Portlock was a farmer until about twenty years ago and owned a good farm of 200 acres two miles north of Table Grove. In 1889 he put up a brick business building in Table Grove and engaged a butcher business. Later he sold his farm and moved his family to Table Grove. He continued in business here until about 14 years ago when he moved to Galesburg. After two years residence there he leased the Palace hotel which he still occupied at the time of his death. As a hotel keeper he had a good patronage, making it pleasant for his guests. His greatest loss was the death of his wife, whom he never ceased to mourn. He was a member of the Methodist church at one time, a class leader and enjoyed the love feasts of the church. W. P. Portlock never intentionally wronged a fellow man, was honest and generous and had a heart as tender as a woman's. To say that he had some faults is only a repetition of what may be said of every man, dead or living. But - "Life's fitful fever o'er, he rests well".

Note: death 5 Sept 1879

(Herald, Sep. 1879, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Death of C. B. Rutledge

Cyrus Beacher Rutledge died at his home in Marietta, Fulton Co., Ill. Sunday morning after many months of suffering from consumption. Mr. Rutledge was 58 years of age, and nearly all of his life had been spent in Harris twp., Fulton Co., Ill. H received his education in the common schools and at Hedding College and was for a number of years a successful school teacher. He later farmed for a number of years, until failing health compelled change of occupation, when he engaged in the merchandise business and was for a number of years one of Marietta's leading business men. He was postmaster at Marietta under McKinley and Roosevelt administrations, resigning last summer because of ill health.

Mr. Rutledge was united in marriage in 1889 to Miss Jane (Jennie) Dawson who with two sons William G. of Bushnell and Guy D. a student Keokuk, Iowa Medical College, survive. He was a man of strict integrity and all who knew him respected him. In his passing one of Harris twp., noblest citizens is gone. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, Modern Woodmen and Court of Honor lodges at Marietta, Lewiston, Ill. Democrat.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Point Pleasant Church, conducted by Elder A Ringey of Adair, Ill. At the grave the beautiful Odd Fellows ceremony as rendered by the members of Marietta lodge, the Woodmen paid their last tribute of respect to the departed neighbor, and all that was mortal of C.B. Rutledge was consigned to that windowless palace of Rest. in the beautiful Point Pleasant Cemetery.

(McDonough Democrat, Jan. 3, 1908, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Obituary: Mrs. Rutledge

Died at the St. Francis Hospital in Macomb, Ill; Monday November 28, 1927.

Jennie Dawson Rutledge was born in Ross Co., Ohio on May 22nd, 1854. She was a daughter of David and Arlinda Dawson and grew to womanhood on a farm east of Bushnell, Illinois in Lee Township, Fulton Co., Ill; She was united in marriage Cyrus Beacher Rutledge on Dec. 23, 1897. He preceded her in death December 22, 1907.

To this union two sons were born; Wm. G. Rutledge of this city and Guy D. of Kaysville, Utah. These with a little granddaughter Ann Brunt Rutledge survive.
Mrs. Rutledge was a member of the United Brethren Church of Point Pleasant and although for years her health did not permit active service she was a constant reader of the bible and was a good mother and neighbor. She had this little verse written in her bible "I think of death as some delightful journey that shall take all my tasks are done".

She leaves the following brothers and sisters; B.F. Dawson, Morcator, Kansas; Kathryn Lutz, of New Philadelphia McDonough Co., Ill; Z.B. Dawson, Lexington, Neb.; W.H. Dawson, Bushnell, Ill; Emma A Parsons, Waterloo, Iowa; U.G. Dawson, Springfield, MO; and Eva L. Simpson, La Porte City, Iowa.

Funeral services were held at the Point Pleasant church at 2:00, Thursday afternoon Dec. 1. Interment in Point Pleasant Cemetery.

(McDonough Democrat, Dec. 1, 1927, submitted by Diane Herd)

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John Rutledge

Rushville- Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Martin-Hollis Funeral home for John F. Rutledge, 82, of Rushville. The Rev. Marvin Chockley will officiate and burial will be in Point Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Mr. Rutledge died at 8:18 a.m. Thursday in Owen Care Center at Colchester.

He was born Aug. 16, 1900, in Fulton County, the son of William L. and Nancy Walters Rutledge. He had formerly llived in Marietta and for the past seven years had lived in Rushville. He was a charter member of the Illinois Fox Hunters Association and he raised and sold foxhounds most of his life. He was a retired farmer. He married Lena Fern Haffner on Sept. 3, 1924, in Macomb. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Roland of Mt. Sterling, Gerald of Marietta and Gordon of Galesburg; two daughters, Mrs. Juanita Williams of Camp Verde, Ariz., and Mrs. Betty Ellis of Rock Island; 15 grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Marie White of Chillicothe and Mrs. Celia Hensley of Canton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Doyle Franklin; one brother; one sister; one granddaughter; and one great-grandson.

(Macomb Daily Journal, Oct. 8, 1982, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Ray Rutledge, RR2 Macomb, Dies at 64.

Ray Rutledge, 64, of RR 2, Macomb, died shortly before noon Monday [Jan. 10, 1966] at his home following a heart attack.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Chapel. The Rev. Richard Newhall will officiate and burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

Mr. Rutledge was born June 3, 1901 at Marietta, the son of John A. and May Hunnicut Rutledge. He was a farmer and had resided at Adair before moving to the Macomb vicinity.

He was a member of the Bushnell IOOF Lodge. He married Frances Caspall Feb. 11, 1925. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Marvin Rutledge of Ipava and Robert Rutledge of Adair; six grandchildren: and five sisters, Mrs. Clinnie Dye and Mrs. Gracie Rutledge, both of Macomb, Mrs. Ruby Tharp of Carthage, Mrs. Mazo Westlake of Peoria and Mrs. Mary Henderson of Maquon.

Friends may call at the funeral home. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

(unknown newspaper, Jan. 1966, submitted by Diane Herd)

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ASTORIA, (SPECIAL) - Mrs. Nelle Poppenhager, a resident of this area her entire life, died suddenly Thursday afternoon in her home here. Mrs. Poppenhager had just returned to her home after attending funeral services for Dr. Harry Baxter, local physician, when she collapsed. She had been under the care of a physician for some time for a heart condition.

Born March 27, 1889, in Summum, a daughter of Lawrence and Dora (Carter) Shawgo, she was married in October, 1908, in Virginia, Ill. to Charles Poppenhager, who survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Russell, in Hinsdale, Ill; Earl and Lyle, both in Detroit, Mich; and Lawrence, in Hanna City, and three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Wilson, and Mrs. Nettie Depola, both in Detroit, and Mrs. Edna Zettles, in Canton.

Funeral rites will be conducted at 2 o'clock (CST) Sunday afternoon in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, of which was was a member, by the Rev. J.E. Sibert, pastor. Burial will be in Astoria cemetery.

Friends may call at the C. Horton Funeral home. [Note: death: Oct. 16, 1958}

(unknown newspaper, Oct. 1958, submitted by Diane Herd)

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Funeral services were held in Astoria Sunday afternoon at the Christian church for Don H. Plate, 67, a well known Fulton county farmer. Mr. Plate became (unreadable) last Wednesday. He was brought to the Culbertson's Memorial hospital in Rushville where he passed away the following day.

Besides his wife he is survived by a sister Mrs. Beulah Fordyce of Orion and a brother, Fred Plate of Astoria.

(Note: He was born in Woodland twp on 29 June 1892 to Wilhelm Plate and Sara Jenette "Nettie" Clark. He married Edith Salisbury)

(Table Grove Herald, Aug. 1958, submitted by Anne Marie Willis)

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Fred Wm. Plate, 63, Dies After Lengthy Illness

Fred William Plate, 63, a life long resident of Astoria, died Tuesday morning at 6:45 in the Mason District Hospital. Mr. Plate had been ill for several years.

Born November 11, 1895, a son of William and Sarah Clark Plate, he was married Oct 12, 1932, in Rushville to Grace Adkison Plate, who survives.

Survivors include the widow, and the following children: Mrs. Edith Coleman of Lewistown, Mrs. Ilene Davison of Chicago, Lee and Keith Plate, both of Astoria, Joyce and Sheryl Ann, at home, and Ronald Plate, a son by a previous marriage; six grandchildren, and a sister Mrs. Beulah Fordyce of Orion, Ill. Two brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

He was a member of the Astoria Christian church. Funeral rites will be conducted at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Astoria Christian church by the Rev. Fred Thompson and Lee Carter Maynard. Burial will be in Ipava cemetery.

Friends may call at the Horton Memorial Home after 6 o'clock this evening and until time of services Thursday.

Services are in charge of Coleman Funeral Home of Lewistown.

(Note: He died May 5, 1958. His 1st wife was Lenore Belle Buck, who he married on 14 April 1915)

(Astoria Argus Searchlight, May 1958, submitted by Anne Marie Willis)

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Reuben M. Payne

Reuben M. Payne died, Tuesday, at his home in Peoria, of cholera morbus. The remains were brought to Havana and interred in Laurel Hill cemetery, Thursday at 10 a.m. Deceased was the youngest of the Payne brothers, being only 40 years old. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn the loss of a father taken from them in the prime of manhood. May he rest in peace.

(Mason Democrat, Aug 30, 1901, page 1 column 2, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Roy Payne

Lexington: Roy Payne, 84, a retired carpenter, died at 12:05 p.m. Friday at Brokaw Hospital in Normal. He has been ill one year. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the east Lawn Memorial Chapel in Bloomington with Rev. Howard T. Wicker officiating. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the memorial chapel. He was born Oct 2, 1881, at Lewiston the son of Sol and Genoa Dixon Payne. He married Marie A. Buckles may 24, 1945, at Bloomington. She survives with three sons, Donald D., Milwaukee, Wis.; Eugene and Wesley, Indianapolis, Ind; two daughters, Mrs. Blanche Stewart, Le Roy; and Mrs. Zelma Mardis, Chicago; one brother, J. S., Bloomington; and two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Foreman, San Diego, Calif.; and Mrs. Jennie Wolfe, Des Moines, Iowa; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

(Bloomington Pantagraph, dated Jan 1, 1966, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Rudolph E. Payne

Rudolph E. “Rudy” Payne, 96, of Pinewood Health Care Center, Monmouth, formerly of Gladstone, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 1996, at 7:30 a.m. in the health care center. He was born March 4, 1900, in Bernadotte, the son of Jacob Calvin and Mary Pearl Cory Payne. He attended Raritan, Illinois schools. He married Letha Massingill and she proceeded him in death in 1940. He married Viola McClinton in December 1943 in Biggsville, and she preceded him in death on July 2, 1991. Rudy farmed in the Gladstone area for many years until his retirement in 1959. He was a member of the Biggsville United Presbyterian Church in Biggsville. Surviving are three daughters/son-in-laws, Martha and Paul Teeter of Franklin, North Carolina, Elinor and Hillard LeFort of Monmouth and Mildred and LeVern Fritz of Prescott Valley, Arizona; one son/daughter-in-law, Ernest and Sharon Payne of Wataga; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives; two brothers, Owen Payne of Melbourne, Florida and Charles Payne of Sarasota, Florida. Preceding him in death were his parents, wives, three brothers. Virgil, Birdsell and Arnold Payne and two sisters, Erma Melvin and Bertha Warner. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Biggsville Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Irwin officiating. Friends may call Wednesday at Sederwall Chapel in Biggsville, where his family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church. A memorial fund has been established for the Biggsville Senior Citizens.

(Daily Review Atlas, Monmouth, Illinois dated Tuesday, May 28, 1996, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Obit for Juliette Payne

That on Friday in Lewiston, there passed away another old settler, Mrs. Juliette Payne at the age of 77 yrs.

(Canton Weekly Register, Mar 11, 1897, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Truman Boyd Payne

Truman Payne, 83, of 419 E. 29th, died Monday in Norton. He was born Oct. 22, 1877, at Lewiston, Ill., and lived in Rossville and Grantville before moving to Topeka 16 years ago. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is survived by five sons, Harold Payne of the home; Truman Payne Jr. of Topeka, Kenneth Payne of Spokane, Wash., Paul Payne of Hingham, Mass., and Bob Payne of Johnston, R.I.; and a sister, Mrs. Daisy Zook, Topeka. David-Eslinger-Duff Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (Born in Lewistown, Fulton Co., Illinois, Died in Norton, Norton Co., Kansas)

(Topeka Daily Capital. Dated Feb 3, 1960, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Mae Payne

Mrs. Alfred “Bud” (Mae) Payne, 72, of 353 S. Broadway died at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at her home. Born Nov. 12, 1907 in Fulton County, a daughter of Raymond and Kathryn DeWeese Hampton, she married Mr. Payne April 2, 1927, in Havana. Surviving are her husband, one son, Robert of Havana, one daughter, Mrs. Marla Merwin of Chandlerville, four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. One brother and three sisters died earlier. She was a member of Mound Chapel Church and the Hesperia Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. Services were Friday, April 11 in Hurley Funeral Home. Burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.

(Mason County Democrat, Havana, Ill., April 12, 1980, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Franklin Theodore Payne

Franklin Theodore Payne was born in Fulton County, Illinois, on February 21st, 1852, and passed from this life at his late residence in Havana, Illinois on Saturday, March 10th, 1923, at the age of seventy-two years and twenty-one days. He had lived for the greater part of his life in and near Havana, his birth place in Fulton county being in the Havana neighborhood. In his young manhood he was united in marriage to Miss Clarinda Nokes of Fulton county and to this union were born six children, five of whom survive. The surviving children are: Alva and Alfred Payne, both of Havana, Sandy Payne, of San Diego, Calif.; Freeman Payne of Topeka, Kan., and Mrs. Clara Zook of Rosedale, Kan. The mother and one child of this marriage having preceded him in death many years. On April 10th, 1879, the home was re-established by his marriage to Miss Emma R. Riggin of Fulton county, who with five of the ten children of this survive to mourn his passing. The surviving children of this marriage are: Mrs. Muril McMullen of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Mrs. I.O. Freeman of Des Moines, Iowa, Herman Payne of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Leona Smith of Havana. Though advanced in years and not particularly strong in body at any time Mr. Payne had, until very recently been enjoying his usual health. His finial illness, an attack of influenza, complicated with pneumonia, occasioned his sudden passing. Last services for the deceased were held from the late residence on South Broadway on Monday afternoon, March 12th, conducted by Matthew Bollan, who substituted for the Rev. N. L. Collins, pastor on the Central Christian church, who was ill. The remains were laid to rest in Laurel Hill.

(Mason County Democrat, Havana, Illinois, March 16, 1923, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Benjamin Marcellus Payne

Funeral services for Benjamin Marcellus Payne were held Wednesday from the Zeigler Funeral chapel, Elder J.I. Taylor, of Springfield, officiating. The body was taken to Havana, Ill., for burial Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Payne, who died at the home of his son, Stephen Payne, East Peoria on Christmas say, was born in Fulton county, November 24, 1853. He is survived by eight children, Mrs. Lucretia Peck and Mrs. Jennie Wolf, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Luna McMahon, La Crosse, Ind.; Mrs. Manuel Dare, Lewistown; Mrs. Dorothy Foreman, and Grover Payne, Marion, Iowa; Roy Payne, Bloomington; and Stephen Payne, East Peoria. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Juliette Barber, Mrs. Adelia Goforth and Mrs. Belle Lampkin.

(Peoria Journal, dated December 28, 1922, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Alfred L. Payne

Alfred L. Payne, who had been seriously ill at his home on South Broadway for more than six months, was called to his rest late Thursday night, August 29th. Alfred L., son of Frank and Clarissa Payne, was born in Fulton county, Illinois, October 17th, 1873, and passed from this life on August 28th, 1924, at the age of fifty years, ten months and eleven days. Mr. Payne’s family moved to Kansas for a short time in his early boyhood and later returned to Springfield, Illinois, from which place, they moved to Havana, which has been his home since until the time of his death. He was united in marriage on March 30th, 1903, to Alta Irene Kimball of Havana, Illinois, and to this union three children were born, two of whom survive the father, and with his beloved companion mourn the departure of a devoted father and husband. The surviving sons are Clyde and Alfred Payne, both of this city. One beloved daughter, Margaret Irene, was called by Death’s Angle more than ten years ago to await the coming of the father. Besides these of his immediate family who mourn his death, there are three brothers, Alva, of Havana, Truman of Grantville, Kansas, and Sandy of California, and one sister, Mrs. Clara Zook of Rossville, Kan. Mr. Payne was an industrious, sober, earnest and trustworthy man and citizen, who loved his home and family, and found his greatest delight in his home and its associations. As such he will be remembered and mourned by them, and as such his memory will ever be precious to them. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and has been affiliated for many years with the local camp of that splendid fraternity. Funeral services were conducted from the Central Christian church of Havana, on Sunday afternoon, August 31st, Matthew Bollan, officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in Laurel Hill cemetery.

(Mason County Democrat, Havana, Sept. 5, 1924, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Robert L. Payne

Robert L. Payne, 72 of Havana died at 1:04 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2002 at Mason District Hospital in Havana. He was born on June 22, 1929 in Fulton County to Alfred E. “Bud” and Mae Hampton Payne. He married Norma J. Cummins on June 4, 1950 at Taylorville. She preceded him in death on September 1, 1994. Also preceding him in death were his parents; and one brother, Paul Eugene Payne. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. David (Debra) McCarthy of Albuquerque, NM; two granddaughters; and one sister, Marla Richardson of Havana. He was a Korean U.S. Army veteran. Upon leaving the service he and his wife owned and operated Payne Furniture Center for 20 years in Havana. He later sold insurance and real estate from 1977 to present for Don Blessman, Inc. He was past member of the Havana Rotary Club, and was proud to serve on the Havana Township Board. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana, were visitation held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Doug Pfeiffer will officiate. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana. Memorial contributions may be made to mason District Hospital or the Havana Public Library.

(Mason County Democrat, March 2002, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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John A. Payne

John A. Payne, 84, Mooreland, died late Saturday at Northwest Community Hospital, Mooreland. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Knittel Funeral Chapel in Mooreland. The Rev. Lynn Lamb, pastor for first Baptist church will officiate. Burial will be in Waynoke Cemetery. John Authur Payne was born in Lewistown, Ill., December 31, 1889. He moved to Oklahoma as a young boy and has spent the last 40 years living in the Quinlan and Mooreland communities. He was married to Sarah Ann Allen on April 23, 1910 in Taloga. She preceded him in death on June 23, 1962. He was a resident of the Golden Age Center for the past six years. Survivors include one son, Waverly H., and a daughter-in-law, Helen, of Sharon; and three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

(Woodward Daily Press, dated Sep 9, 1974, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Raymond Payne

Raymond Payne Dies Funeral Held Monday. Funeral services were held Monday, July 26, at Knittel Funeral home in Mooreland for Raymond Payne who died Friday, July 22, at Western State Hospital following a long illness. Rev. Earl Bengs officiated at the service. Burial was in Mooreland Cemetery under the direction of Knittel Funeral Home. Raymond Payne, son of John A. and Mary Payne was born December 30, 1877, near Farmington, Illinois and departed this life July 22, 1960, at the age of 82 years, 6 months and 23 days. His early life was spent in Illinois and at an early age he accepted Christ as a personal savior and united in the Baptist church. On January 3, 1903, he was married to Minnie Hezlep who preceded him in death April 21, 1956. All their married life was spent in or near Mooreland, Oklahoma. He leaves to mourn his passing one brother, John A. Payne, Mooreland, Oklahoma; two sisters, Edith Taulber, Skedee, Oklahoma; Laura Cooper, Caldwell, Idaho; and a host of other relatives and friends. (Born in Waterford Twp, Fulton Co., Illinois, Died in Moreland, Woodward Co., Oklahoma)

(Mooreland Leader dated July 28, 1960, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Emma Rachel Jones Payne

Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at the Schmidt funeral home in East Peoria for Emma Rachel Jones (Payne), 86, of 332 Cass street, east Peoria, who died Saturday at 1 a.m. at St. Francis hospital in Peoria. Mrs. Payne was born in Meredosia, Ill., May 4, 1855, and was the wife of Frank Payne. The couple was married in Lewistown. Five children proceeded her in death. Surviving are three daughters and one son. Pearl Covie of Bartonville, Ill; Lillian Newburn, of Wichita, Kan; Leona Lawson, 332 Cass street, East Peoria, and James Payne, Madison Wis. Mrs. Payne was a member of the Christian Science church. Burial will be in Lakeside cemetery, Pekin.

(Peoria Star, dated Sunday, May 20, 1943, submitted by Clinton & Maribel Payne)

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Mrs. Rolla Phillippi

London Mills—Mrs. Rolla [Nellie] Phillippi, 63, of RFD, Avon, Ellisville Township in Fulton County, died Saturday at 3 p.m. [Aug. 1957] in the Peoria Methodist Hospital, where she had been a patient since Aug. 5.

Funeral rites will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Untied Brethren Church in London Mills. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg. The family will receive friends at the Cale residence in London Mills tonight from 7 to 9 o’clock. The Corman Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

The former Nellie Carpenter, she was born Aug. 14, 1895 in Ellisville Township, and was married to Mr. Phillippi Dec. 2, 1914, at her home.

Survivors are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Rosalee Owens, Avon; a grandson and a brother, Marshall Carpenter, Abingdon. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Phillippi was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, church Missionary Society, and Royal Neighbors of America.

(Unknown newspaper, August 1957, submitted by Bill Wilson)

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Mary Ella Rutledge, the seven-month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Rutledge of East Locust Street died Monday morning from lung trouble. Burial was in the Greenwood cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

(Fulton County Ledger, Apr. 30, 1908, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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In Canton, at the residence of her son-in-law, John G. Hornstein, of pneumonia, April 27, 1885, Mrs. Margaret P. Raymond, aged 85 years. Funeral services were held at Mr. Hornstein's residence, Tuesday afternoon, and the remains were taken to Peoria yesterday and buried there.

Mrs. Raymond was an old citizen of Illinois- a resident of Peoria for many years. She was the mother of the late Charles Raymond, and of Mrs. McCall, Mrs. Hornstein and Miss M. P. Raymond, of this city.

(Fulton County Ledger, Apr. 30, 1885, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Mrs. Catherine Perry dies at her home in Lewistown township Tuesday morning, from cancer. She was 76 years of age. Her maiden name was Owens, and she was born in Bernadotte township.

(Fulton County Ledger, Apr. 30, 1908, submitted by Janine Crandell)

Note: She was buried in St. Mary's cemetery within the Greenwood cemetery in Canton. For more info, please visit

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Mrs. Clara Reed, wife of Stephen Reed, and daughter of T. M. Mercer, died last Monday morning at her grandfather's, at Vermont. Her remains were brought to this place for burial Monday night. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock, from the residence of her father. She had been married about seven months. She was about twenty years of age.

(Fulton County Ledger, May 7, 1885, submitted by Janine Crandell)

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Herman Ransom informs us that his brother, Chester Ransom, who will be remembered by most Cuba people, died on July 23“ at Topeka, Kansas. He was aged 40 years and 4 months. His father died at Madison, Kansas some years ago, but his mother is still living near that place; also one brother, Marion. His other brother, Herman, lives on the old home farm northwest of town.

The deceased was born on the old Ransom farm and lived there until about fifteen years ago when his parents moved to Kansas and he accompanied them.

The body was taken to Madison for burial and a short funeral was held at the home of his mother, conducted by Rev. T. Bowen of the Lena Valley Church, and burial was in Lena Valley Cemetery.

(Cuba Journal, Aug. 16, 1917, submitted by George Zane)

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"He loved nature and every living thing” was the main thought in the eulogy pronounced over the body" of Dr. Blake Ray last Friday afternoon by Rev Chas. H Day.

The funeral announced for the house, was held on the lawn instead, the house not being able to accomodate one-twentieth part of the crowd that assembled to pay their respects to the young physician who had been popular with young and old from his barefoot days up. The casket open, that the friends might pass and take a last look, reposed m a bank of flowers on the front veranda and chairs were formed in a semi-circle in front on the lawn, back of the chairs hundreds stood throughout the services.

Rev A. J. Green assisted Rev. Day in the services and the M. P. male quartette consisting of Ernest Tomkins, Alfred Leyshon, E. P.Evans, and Geo. Smart sang "Remember Me” and at the close of the sermon Geo. P. Evans of Columbia, Mississippi sang. "Oh, Love That Will Not Let Me Go."

Rev Day; who was raised just across the fence from Dr Blake and is only three or four years older. told many instances of the young man’s love of nature and his natural bent toward surgery,how he used to doctor injured birds and animals, tenderly setting their broken legs or wings and nursing them until they were able to take care of themselves again. He spoke of his collection of natural curios when a boy and how he delighted in every living thing. Mr. Day spoke with great feeling, his voice frequently choking up and his emotions nearly overcoming him as he thought of some particularly tender memory of his boyhood friend.

All but three members of the class of 1909 of Cuba High School were present. They were Mrs. Harry Rich (Miss Merle Turner) of Bardolph; Mrs. Adda Soper (Miss Adda Walters) of Canton; Miss Carrie Worley of Bisbee, Arizona; Miss Dorothy Shurtleff of Davenport, Iowa; Miss Bertha Inman and Orin Snively of Cuba.

A large number of physicians, representatives of the Fulton County Medical Society were also present as follows: Dr. Crouch of Fairview; Dr. J. D. Cluts of Ellisville; Dr. Alvin Keller of St. David; Dr. C. E. Howard and S. A. Orren of Lewistown; Dr. J. C. Simmons of Norris; Drs. William Plummer and Grim of Farmington; Drs. L. R. Chapin, J. E. Coleman, W. E. Shallenberger, W. S. Nelson, H. H. Rogers and M. T. Rogers, of Canton; Drs. J. W. Welch, J. W. Parks, J. S. Barton, and R. T. Ewan of Cuba.

About seventy-five members of the Moose Lodge and nearly all the members of the Fire Department were present. There were eight pall bearers, five Moose and three Firemen. They were C. J. Mowery, Bert Lemon, F. E. Jacobs, Will Winship, Dan Egan, James Donaldson, Jack Evans and Robert Pusey.

At the grave the burial service of the Moose Order was carried out. Dictator Ed Malmgran and Prelate Henry Allman of Canton lodge assisting the officers of the Cuba lodge in the work.

(Cuba Journal, Aug. 30, 1917, submitted by George Zane)

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Alonzo Parker Answers Summons Funeral Monday

Alonzo S. Parker, a farmer, died at his home west of Astoria, Saturday, aged 62 years, 11 months and 16 days. Death was due to ulcers of the stomach.

Mr. Parker was born in Wisconsin, August 30, 1861, and came to Illinois with his parents when he was about twenty years of age and settled on a farm near Astoria, where he continued to reside until his death.

The deceased was united in marriage to Miss Mary Skiles of Browning, Aug. 23, 1883, and to this union was born nine children. Those surviving are: Mrs. Margaret Wright of Rushville, William Parker of Prairie City, Mrs. Alma Settles of Rushville, Clyde Parker of Walnut Grove, Faye, at home and Lloyd Parker of Astoria. Deceased are: Nola, Edna and Bert, who died in France, in the service of his country.

While his Christian life has fallen far short of the ideal, he has always been a strong believer of the principles of Christianity. He was converted at the age of 21 and united with the Union Baptist church at Ridgeville and for sometime lived the Christian life, but like many others yielded to the temptations of the world and drifted back into sin. But again in a meeting held at Christain Neck he renewed his covenant with God and was baptized by the Rev. McKee. But again drifted until his last sickness, through the mercies of a loving heavenly Father he was drawn by the cords of love and before his spirit took its flight, he told his loved ones it was all right with him and that Jesus would be present and lead him across.

He was also a member of the M. W. A. lodge of Ray, Ill., and the I. O. O. F. lodge of Roseville, Ill.

For the past several years he has been in failing health and the last five weeks has been in his bed but he bore his suffering with great patience. Everything was done that kind and loving hands could do but the time of his departure was at hand and his spirit took its flight.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, who has traveled down life's journey with him the past 41 years, sharing with him the joys and sorrows of life, six children, twenty grandchildren, one brother, Richard G. Parker of Good Hope, Ill., three sisters, Mrs. Maude Busby of Fort Madison, Ia., Mrs. Susie Bugg of Good Hope, Ill., and Mrs. Nellie Murphy of Canton, Ill., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the U. B. church Monday at 2: 00 o'clock conducted by Rev. W. R. Seitzinger and interment in the Astoria cemetery.

(The Argus-Search Light (Illinois) August 20, 1924, submitted by Debbie)

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